Tag Archives: small businesses

UK: Civil Courts Structure Review recommends expanded role for ADR

The recently published final report of Lord Justice Briggs in his Civil Courts Structure Review includes some interesting conclusions as to the role currently played by ADR in the civil justice system in England and Wales and a number of recommendations aimed at expanding that role. … Continue reading

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UK Government announces plans for implementation of the EU ADR Directive and ODR Regulation

The UK Government has announced its plans for implementing the ADR Directive and the ODR Regulation, both of which are aimed at promoting the use of ADR schemes in disputes involving consumer complaints throughout the EU. While the Government is not at this stage … Continue reading

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European Parliament adopts legislative Resolutions on ADR proposals

On 12 March 2013, the European Parliament adopted two key legislative measures regarding ADR in respect of consumer disputes. The first Resolution deals with the proposed Directive on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the second Resolution deals with the proposed … Continue reading

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ADR central to UK Government’s far-reaching reform of competition law class actions

The Government yesterday published its plans for reforming the UK regime for competition law private actions, following a detailed consultation exercise carried out last year. The wide-ranging reforms controversially include the creation of an opt-out collective action for competition law … Continue reading

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European Commission publishes report on use of ADR by businesses

The European Commission has recently published the results of a pan-European consultation canvassing views on ADR usage at the business level. This will inform the European Commission’s desire to promote and facilitate ADR between businesses. Much of the European Commission’s recent work … Continue reading

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South Australia creates office of small business commissioner to assist small businesses in resolving disputes through ADR

There are some 142,000 small businesses in South Australia and an office dedicated to supporting dispute resolution and avoidance in this area was created in March 2012.  The independent body, headed by a small business Commissioner appointed by the Governor, is … Continue reading

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New South Wales proposals for small business mediation

In a month-long consultation released on 28 June 2012, the NSW Government proposed that its small business commissioner be empowered to require a party to produce evidence and attend mediation. However, this does not mean a dispute will be forced … Continue reading

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Regional Mediation Training Scheme for employment disputes launched in Cambridge and Manchester

On 21 June 2012 the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that Consensio, a member of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC), will conduct training in mediation for employees from a group of 24 small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC) opens

On 19 June 2012 the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre opened to assist financial institutions and their clients to resolve monetary disputes involving claims not exceeding HKD 500,000 (USD 65,000). It is hoped that under the FDRC’s dispute resolution mechanism, an early meeting/mediation between the … Continue reading

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Regional mediation pilot scheme launched for employment disputes

On 23 January 2012 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is the latest step in the reforms to the employment tribunal system. … Continue reading

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