Alternative Dispute Resolution Barristers

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Guildhall Chambers have extensive experience of various Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become an important alternative or adjunct to litigation. The courts have demonstrated that they are increasingly willing to punish parties who unreasonably fail to engage in ADR and the judiciary and clients alike are increasingly aware of the potential advantages of ADR, and the large range of ADR options. The key Jackson reforms concerning costs management and proportionality have underlined the importance of ADR in dispute resolution.

Our barristers are well informed as to the range of ADR potentially available, from adjudicative options such as arbitration or expert determination, to non-adjudicative options such as mediation, neutral evaluation or conciliation. We can offer advice as to when ADR may be appropriate (and when it may be inappropriate), what manner of ADR may suit the particular circumstances of a case, and provide representation which is attuned to the method of ADR adopted and the client's objectives.

Several of our barristers are themselves accredited mediators, and others have experience of acting as experts.

We are well placed to host mediations and other meetings, with a suite of well-equipped, modern conference rooms.

ADR + Plus 

We would like to introduce you to ADR + Plus! Covid-proof, Quick, Economical and Cost/Benefit positive.

Designed by Malcolm Warner & John Virgo, two of our specialist barristers from our Property & Estates and Commercial teams.

This is a two stage process designed to use the best features of the mediation and Court processes tailored to the present Covid emergency. 

The service attracts a fixed fee of £4,000 plus VAT (excluding any adjudication in respect of inter partes costs) and is designed to give a final and binding decision if a settlement is not reached and takes 6-8 weeks start to finish.

Please click here to be able to read the full flyer which includes a link to our explanatory short video, enables you to download examples and checklist documentation. 

ADR + Plus is only available to solicitors who instruct Counsel.

Clerk Contact Information

For further information and enquiries please contact our civil clerks via email or on 0117 930 9000.