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Alternative Dispute Resolution

United Kingdom

Avoiding costly disputes is often the favoured route for businesses when challenges arise. Alternative dispute resolution – which includes mediation, moderation, and expert determination - is an increasingly attractive option for clients wishing to avoid lengthy and costly proceedings.

To secure the best outcome, it is important to work with legal advisers who are highly experienced in the alternative routes available, have experience in the sector you operate in and a commercial, problem-solving mind-set. The CMS ADR team helps clients through all phases of out-of-court dispute resolution.

You have made what could have been a very difficult journey for me something which I am very confident about, and can positively move forward from.
Workplace mediation client

Conflicts within the workplace can be particularly challenging and time consuming to address. Our specialist workplace mediation service is designed to give you all the benefits of an in-house service without the implementation cost or the training time. The service is flexible to cover short facilitated discussions lasting only a few hours, to longer full day mediations or team mediations. Our team of eight accredited mediators located across the UK are all experienced mediators and lawyers. We can meet tight timescales and provide speedy mediation assistance, where and when you need it.

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When is a Scot­tish ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision “ob­vi­ously wrong”? 
Sum­mary The Court of Ses­sion in Ed­in­burgh has re­fused leave to ap­peal in re­la­tion to an ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision. Leave was sought on grounds that the ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision was “ob­vi­ously wrong”, hav­ing re­gard to Rule 70 of the Scot­tish Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules.
Singa­pore Con­ven­tion on Me­di­ation signed by 46 coun­tries at open­ing...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation, named the Singa­pore Con­ven­tion, of­fi­cially opened for.
A step for­ward for In­ter­na­tion­al Me­di­ation: The Singa­pore Con­ven­tion...
The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation (known as the “Singa­pore Con­ven­tion”) is open today (7 Au­gust 2019) for sig­na­ture by United Na­tion states with 46 states, in­clud­ing the US and China, sign­ing on day.
Mak­ing me­di­ation main­stream in Scot­land
A ma­jor new re­port has been pub­lished pro­pos­ing a strategy to “nor­m­al­ise” the use of me­di­ation in the civil justice sys­tem in Scot­land as a “vi­able op­tion in ad­di­tion to, and of­ten in­stead of, lit­ig­a­tion”.
Con­sulta­tion Pub­lished on the Me­di­ation (Scot­land) Bill
A con­sulta­tion has been pub­lished on the Me­di­ation (Scot­land) Bill, a pro­pos­al for a bill to in­crease the use and con­sist­ency of me­di­ation ser­vices in Scot­land and to in­tro­duce a new pro­cess of court-ini­ti­ated me­di­ation in­clud­ing an “ini­tial man­dat­ory pro­cess.
The Bribery Act 2010 in Scot­land: where are we now?
De­scribed earli­er this year by the House of Lords Se­lect Com­mit­tee as hav­ing cre­ated “an in­ter­na­tion­al gold stand­ard for anti-bribery and cor­rup­tion le­gis­la­tion”, the com­ing month will mark the eight year an­niversary of the Bribery Act 2010 com­ing in­to force.