Julie Stather discusses The Family Arbitration Scheme – The Future of Family Justice? in the latest edition of Lawyer Monthly
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We have an expert team of experienced and qualified mediators and arbitrators, who undertake alternative dispute resolution, known as “ADR”, across all areas of civil and family law.
There are many types of ADR. Our service focuses on the three main types: mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation.
Mediation is an informal, flexible and cost effective process which is entirely confidential and ‘without prejudice’. It has a high success rate. Where successful, it produces a settlement which both parties agree to rather than being imposed by a court, avoids the delays and emotional expense of litigation, removes the risks of litigation and it can help restore business and personal relationships that might otherwise be undermined by the tensions of litigation. It can be arranged, and concluded, quickly. Our service is convenient, flexible and economic.
There are many advantages to mediation:
Arbitration is an alternative to litigation and involves an independent third party, an arbitrator, who considers the case and makes a decision that is legally binding. The role of an arbitrator is similar to that of a judge, though the procedures can be less formal and the arbitrator will be an expert in that particular area of work. Uniquely, we also offer child focused arbitration with qualified arbitrators as well as barristers able to represent you during these proceedings.
There are many advantages to arbitration:
Our Early Neutral Evaluation service is an entirely non-binding process whereby a specialist barrister will be jointly instructed by the parties to consider the dispute and provide their opinion as to the most likely outcome were the case to be litigated. It is often used by parties to break a deadlock at any stage of proceedings, although it is more commonly used at a relatively early stage.
Our expert mediators have assisted numerous parties reach a mediated agreement across a broad spectrum of civil and commercial disputes, including:
Our team has the experience, empathy and understanding to help parties on the breakdown of a relationship come to an agreement on the best way to resolve the inevitable difficulties that arise, whether it is in respect of property and financial arrangements or in respect of the future arrangements for the parties’ children.
Our service focuses on:
All of our barristers offer Early Neutral Evaluations in their specialist practice areas.
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