At Talbots Law, we’ve dealt with our fair share of disputes. With years of experience under our belt, we’ve learnt that the best route to resolution is negotiation.
Be it a bitterly fought property dispute between landlord and tenant or an argument regarding employee rights, we treat each new case as if they were our own disputes; protecting your interests and finding resolution promptly while keeping down the costs.
Disputes can arise for a number of reasons; but ultimately lead to the same choice: to fight, or to find resolution. Here at Talbots, our priority is to resolve disputes as quickly and effectively as possible, so you can carry on with one less worry. Conflict has always been a part of life, but combat doesn’t have to be.
Where there’s a chance of finding a solution through negotiation, we think it’s worth taking.
Why choose Talbots dispute solicitors?
When a dispute arises, your most valuable tool is sound legal advice. With a team of specialist dispute resolution solicitors on your side, you can rest assured that we’ll keep your best interests at heart. We see ourselves as problem solvers, and have acted for a range of different clients all with unique issues and interests at stake, and each time, we’ve learnt something new. At Talbots, we endeavour to be more than just your dispute solicitors, and will always be at hand for advice and to listen to your concerns. We’re driven by the satisfaction our clients get when we are able to minimise a conflict and find resolve with little to no drama. Past that, you know you can rely on us for any disputes that arise down the line.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
Alternative Dispute Resolution seeks to find remedy to an argument outside of court, and is the collective term for the different methods of doing so. These are:-
Negotiation is fairly straightforward: along with one of our dispute resolution solicitors, you will meet with the other party and their legal adviser to discuss the situation and try to find an agreement. During negotiation, we encourage both parties to communicate and to be as open as possible, but will be at hand to offer suggestions and advice upon request.
As another form of ADR, Mediation allows both parties involved in the dispute to negotiate while a qualified mediation professional actively works to guide them through to an agreement. This is especially useful if both parties are having trouble communicating due to emotional involvement in the conflict. The process involves several meetings which, if successful, result in a contractual agreement.
While similar to Mediation, Conciliation sees a lot more involvement from the dispute resolution specialist in the negotiation process. With this method, we will promote settlement through actively offering suggestions, resulting in less time spent resolving the conflict.
Arbitration involves the two or more parties at conflict having their dispute heard and evidence reviewed by an independent arbitrator who calls the final decision. Both parties must agree to use arbitration, since the decision imposed tends to be legally binding, unless otherwise stated.
Which method of Alternative Dispute Resolution should I use?
The method that you use will be the one that works best depending on the kind of relationship you have with the other party. From our experience, we know that mediation is often the best method for parties looking to preserve their relationship: divorcing parents, family members or neighbours are guided through conversation to a satisfying solution, keeping conflict at a minimum.
Mediation may not be effective if the other party fails to communicate and be open, and in these instances, you may consider another method such as arbitration.
When should I litigate?
In certain circumstances, alternative dispute resolution is not appropriate. Restraining orders, for example, and other urgent matters which require court orders will not require previous negotiation attempts before court proceedings can begin.
In many disputes, opting for ADR when possible is a smart move. If you can reach an agreement through a form of negotiation, you’ll cut down on costs as well as the emotional weight of fighting a legal battle. However, if dispute resolution outside the courts has been attempted and no settlement reached, we will continue to represent you in order to protect your best interests.
No matter how complex the conflict, the dispute solicitors at Talbots Law will do all in our ability to find resolve that meets your specific needs. Speak to a member of our team today to arrange a meeting by calling us on 0800 118 1500.
- Jagdip Bains
- Director & Head of Dispute Resolution & Employment
- Janet Moreton
- Josh Millichamp
- Solicitor & Senior Associate
- Katie Jones
- Lakhvir Bassi
- Layla Safieh
- Philippa Rowley
For more information please contact us