Alternative Dispute Resolution Solicitors

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to methods of resolving legal disputes and conflicts outside of traditional courtroom litigation. Our commercial solicitors are vastly experienced in all areas of dispute resolution. We advise both high level developers and local businesses on the most appropriate and favourable remedy available to them.

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At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, our experienced and professional solicitors understand the everyday pressures that come with running a business, especially when faced with some form of dispute, whether it be financial or otherwise.

Traditional litigation is not always necessary and can be avoided, especially as the first call of action. Our specialist and efficient alternative dispute resolution team at P.A. Duffy & Co. recognises the growing trend in favour of utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to settle disputes quickly, cost-effectively, and stress-free for business owners.

Mediation: In mediation, a neutral third party, known as the mediator, assists the disputing parties in finding a mutually agreeable solution. The mediator facilitates communication and helps the parties identify common ground.

Arbitration: Arbitration involves submitting the dispute to a neutral third party, the arbitrator, who makes a binding decision. Arbitration can be less formal than a trial, and the rules and procedures can be tailored to the parties' needs.

Adjudication: Adjudication is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) commonly used in construction and related industries. It involves the appointment of an impartial third-party adjudicator who makes quick and provisional decisions on disputes that arise during construction projects.

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What will be the outcome of an alternative dispute resolution?

The outcome of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process can vary depending on the specific ADR method used and the parties' negotiations. Here are some potential outcomes of ADR:

  • Settlement: One of the primary outcomes of ADR is a settlement agreement. A settlement occurs when the parties involved in the dispute reach an agreement to resolve their differences. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions of the resolution, which may include monetary compensation, changes in behaviour, or other agreed-upon actions.

  • Withdrawal of Claim: In some cases, ADR may lead to the withdrawal of a formal legal claim. When the parties reach a resolution through ADR, they may decide not to pursue the matter further in court, effectively ending the legal proceedings.

  • Binding Decision: In arbitration, the ADR process typically results in a binding decision or award made by the arbitrator. This decision is legally enforceable and, in most cases, can be subject to limited grounds for appeal.

  • Continuation of Litigation: If the ADR process does not lead to a resolution or if the parties are unable to reach an agreement, they may choose to continue the legal proceedings in court. ADR is a voluntary process, and if it does not produce a satisfactory result, litigation remains an option.

  • Improved Communication and Understanding: Even when a formal settlement is not reached, ADR can have the positive outcome of improving communication and understanding between the parties. This improved rapport can be valuable in resolving the dispute through future negotiations or in minimizing hostility.

How can I finance an alternative dispute resolution?

We know that funding an ADR might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:

  • Legal expenses cover

  • Private payment

What is the time limit for bringing a claim through Alternative Dispute Resolution?

The time limits for bringing an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, such as mediation or arbitration, in Northern Ireland generally depend on various factors, including the nature of the dispute, the agreement between the parties, and any statutory or regulatory provisions.

Consult with our solicitors at P.A. Duffy and Co. who will review any relevant contracts or agreements to determine the specific time limits that may apply to your ADR process.

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