European Mediation and ADR Guide published

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) has released its new European Mediation & ADR Guide, designed to assist corporates operating in Europe and beyond in taking full advantage of the range of ADR processes available to them. Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Head of ADR Alexander Oddy led on the production of the Guide, in conjunction … Read more

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it … Read more

Updated CEDR model documents and rules

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has updated all of its main model mediation documents and rules.  The updated documents are available on the CEDR website here (requiring free registration). They include: ADR contract clauses Mediation Procedure Mediation Agreement Settlement Agreement Tomlin Order Code of Conduct for Mediators Expert Determination Agreement In addition, a new model document has … Read more

New ADR consumer information obligations apply from today

From today, almost all UK businesses selling goods or services to consumers in the EU need to comply with new requirements to provide consumers with information about ADR options, under legislation implementing the new EU ADR Directive. The new rules include obligations (in respect of complaints handling procedures) that apply to all traders regardless of whether they are … Read more

Public consultation on mediation in the EU

The EU Commission has launched a consultation to gather views on the extent to which the EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC) has achieved its objectives and to consider whether any changes to the Directive are appropriate. Responses to the consultation will inform a report the Commission is required to submit to the EU legislative bodies by … Read more

Hong Kong court imposes costs sanctions for unreasonable refusal to mediate

A recent Hong Kong judgment has added to the growing body of case law illustrating courts’ intolerance of litigants who refuse to engage with ADR.   The decision will be of interest to litigants not just in Hong Kong but in other jurisdictions (including England) where similar procedural rules allow a court to penalise a party whose refusal to mediate … Read more

Enforcing dispute adjudication board decisions

We reported earlier this year on a spate of recent court decisions in different jurisdictions giving support for the use of dispute adjudication boards (DABs). DABs can provide an effective means for parties to obtain interim binding decisions on disputes pending any final resolution by arbitration or litigation – applying a ‘pay now, argue later’ approach designed … Read more

ADR Practical Guide No. 8: Resolving disputes with HMRC

We are pleased to publish the eighth guide in our series of ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide clients with practical guidance on various processes falling under the banner of alternative dispute resolution, with a particular focus on mediation. Guide No. 8: ‘Resolving disputes with HMRC’ examines when and how mediation and other forms of ADR can be used to … Read more