Alternative Dispute Resolution – ADR

ADR is a generally accepted term covering dispute resolution processes that do not involve formal litigation in the courts.  The process can include negotiation, mediation, arbitration and often some form of conciliation.  It is directed towards helping the parties come to an agreement without the need for expensive, protracted and complicated litigation and is almost always facilitated by the help of a third party chosen by the parties.

In many instances UK courts encourage the use of ADR during the course of litigation proceedings and the proceedings can be stayed to allow this to happen.  If a party declines to be involved in the ADR process, without good reason, there is a risk that an adverse costs order may be made against that party.

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