Disputes can arise over any matter. Sworders appreciate that any dispute is important to those involved and are able to provide professional advice on how best to resolve the dispute. This might be negotiating or mediating between the parties, providing advice to enable parties to hopefully reach an agreement, or providing independent expert advice.
There are several forms of dispute resolution, some of which are summarised below:
- Adjudication – an adjudicator uses their own knowledge and investigations, while weighing the evidence presented by the parties, to reach a decision which is legally binding until such a time that the original dispute is referred to arbitration or the courts, or settled between the parties themselves.
- Mediation – voluntary, non-binding, private dispute resolution where a neutral person helps the parties to reach a negotiated settlement. The parties have control over the outcome rather than it being imposed on them.
- Arbitration – parties in dispute agree to be bound by the decision of an independent third party (arbitrator).
- Independent Expert
- Expert Witness – provide an opinion on matters within their expertise as part of a dispute resolution process. This role assists court or other tribunals.
The form of dispute resolution you require will depend on the nature of the original dispute and the parties involved.
For further information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact Sworders.