For some time the parties in civil disputes have been required to attempt to settle their disputes before resorting to litigation. With the introduction of rules significantly limiting recovery of legal costs, there is an added incentive for parties to use alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Arbitration is, of course, a long established alternative to litigation before a court, and London is a well known centre of international arbitration. Members of chambers are therefore familiar with procedures and hearings conducted in accordance with the rules of a variety of arbitral bodies (e.g. LCIA, UNCITRAL, LME). Members of chambers are also on a number of arbitral panels and sit as arbitrators.
Mediation is a more recent form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which has come into its own over the last decade or so. As mediation has continued to grow in importance, members have developed expertise and experience in representing parties in mediations. A number of members are also accredited mediators and have experience of mediating civil and commercial disputes. Chambers can arrange mediation venues if required.