Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a way of resolving legal disputes that avoids going to court.

Our service gives clients unique access to our wide and highly skilled membership and make it easy for them to find the right expert. We appoint the right individual(s) upon the request of a client.

The most familiar forms of ADR are:

  • Arbitration

Arbitration is similar to a court but is less formal and held in private. The appointed arbitrator will decide on the outcome of the dispute, “the final award”, which is enforceable like a court judgement.

  • Adjudication

Adjudication is a short process where the adjudicator must assess the dispute quickly and reach a short-term enforceable provisional decision.

  • Mediation

Mediation is where a meditator facilitates a dialogue that aims to reach a solution to avoid starting or continuing legal proceedings. The mediator is an independent and objective third party with specialist skills. 

  • Expert Determination

Expert determination is where a person provides an opinion in their professional capacity and is used to resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively, but is no legally binding.

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The inclusion of Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses in a contract is increasingly common. Model clauses can be found on the Scottish Arbitration Centre website.

Alternative dispute resolution service

Use our alternative dispute resolution service (ADR): a way of resolving legal disputes that avoids going to court.