Alternative dispute resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a range of techniques for resolving disputes without seeking redress from the courts.


Choosing ADR can help avoid lengthy and expensive litigation. It is flexible and cost effective and can bring a speedy conclusion to a problem.

Techniques include:

  • Adjudication involves the appointment of an independent adjudicator who considers the evidence and makes a decision which is binding to all parties. It is widely used within the construction industry.
  • Arbitration involves the parties agreeing to refer the dispute to a third party (the arbitrator) and agree to be bound by the arbitrator’s decision.
  • Mediation involves the appointment of an independent third party (the mediator) whose role is to help all parties to a dispute to come to an agreement. It is a voluntary process and all parties have to agree for mediation to go ahead. Mediation is not binding.
  • Negotiation is the process of getting parties together with a view to reconcile differences and establish areas of agreement, settlement or compromise.

How we can help you

Our Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) can help you resolve your property disputes by appointing an expert witness to resolve dilapidation, leasehold, neighbourhood and service charge matters. 

Additional sources

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