Japan International Mediation Centre to open in Kyoto

It has recently been announced that a new “Japan International Mediation Centre” is to open in Kyoto, reportedly in early 2018. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which an independent third party helps resolve a dispute through negotiation. The opening of a new centre dedicated to resolving commercial disputes in this manner … 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

ADR in Asia – a practical guide to mediation in Hong Kong

Last week, we published the first article from our ADR in Asia Guide. This summarised the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. Here, you can access the second article from our Guide – a practical guide to mediation. It is five years since the Civil Justice Reform (CJR) put mediation at the heart … Read more

ADR in Asia  – overview of key ADR processes

We previously reported the publication of our new ADR in Asia Guide. As well as distilling the results of our client survey on mediation in Hong Kong, the Guide contains a summary of the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. This summary also contains our Dispute Resolution Wheel, which explains at a glance the … Read more

ADR Practical Guide launched on the use of Mediation with Arbitration

Our London ADR team has launched the sixth guide in their series of ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide clients with essential practical guidance on various processes falling under the banner of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with a particular focus on mediation. Guide No. 6: ‘Use of Mediation with Arbitration’ provides a brief description of how mediation and … Read more

Med-Arb – an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice

The practice of combining the mediation and arbitration processes (referred to as “med-arb” below) is known as both “med-arb” and “arb-med”, depending on which process was initiated first. This process involves the same person acting both (i) as a mediator in seeking to facilitate a settlement between the parties, and (ii) as an arbitrator to … Read more