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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation should be a last resort only used when all other avenues of resolution have been explored. Our experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution Solicitors can offer advice on the most commercially effective way to resolve your dispute and will deal with your matter efficiently and in a cost effective manner.

What is ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a generic description for the process of resolving a conflict or dispute informally and confidentially without the need to go to Court, it includes Mediation, Arbitration and Adjudication.

How does Mediation work?

Mediation often works best when cases are not “open and shut” and some of the legal aspects are grey.

  • Both parties agree and appoint a Mediator.
  • A meeting is agreed (this can be with or without legal representation).
  • The Mediator has a joint meeting with both parties and their representatives so each side can state their position.
  • The parties retire to separate rooms whilst the Mediator negotiates with both sides to encourage a settlement.
  • If a settlement is agreed it is incorporated into either an agreement or, if proceedings have already commenced, a Court Order.

Who pays for the Mediation?

The cost of Mediation is split equally between the parties.

What happens if one side is unreasonable?

The Courts positively encourage Mediation to allow parties the opportunity to resolve their disputes. However, both sides need to approach this process with an open mind and be willing to compromise.

If a party unreasonably refuses to mediate, they can be penalised in costs by the Judge following the Trial if the matter proceeds that far.

What is the difference between Mediation and Arbitration or Adjudication?

Mediation uses a ‘neutral’ third party to encourage but not impose a solution to the dispute.

Arbitration and Adjudication are closer to the Court process as they involve the imposition of a solution by a third party.

Contact us today to discuss your matter in confidence


There Are Four Key Stages That We Follow In The Debt Collection Process

4-stage-1A Letter Before Action to the Debtor states the value of the debt and the time frame for payment. In most cases the debt is settled quickly and we do not take the matter further.
4-stage-2If the debt is still not paid or a reply has not been received we issue a County Court Claim.
4-stage-3If an Acknowledgment or Defence is not received within the Court time frame we will apply for a County Court Judgment (CCJ).
4-stage-4There are a number of different ways to enforce the Judgment once obtained.

What Our Clients Say

Lane and Co are a very friendly firm of solicitors who have helped us many times over the years whether it was to send a short letter to a late payer or to attend court on our behalf for the more tricky case.  Their service is very professional and efficient and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone for this type of work. It is definitely money well spent.
Mrs H Orme FCCAFinancial DirectorEdwards Bathroom Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd

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