Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Professional Negligence Claims

Alternative Dispute Resolution also known as ADR is encouraged by the court to the parties if appropriate. Indeed, the Pre-Action Protocol on Professional Negligence creates an obligation on the parties to consider whether a form of alternative dispute resolution procedure is more suitable than litigation.

What does the pre-action protocol on professional negligence say about ADR?

Often professional negligence cases are settled out of court with the parties agreeing to save further costs down the line and coming to a mutually beneficial settlement. Ultimately, many professionals and defendant companies and firms will not want a long court case with bad publicity and negative judicial public chastisement of poor conduct, therefore ADR is ordinarily considered at every stage of the claim/defence to the claim. The court has a wide ambit to levy sanctions upon parties for costs if they are found to have behaved unreasonably by refusing to engage in ADR.

Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

There are several forms of ADR, which includes:

  • Mediation;
  • Negotiation;
  • Conciliation;
  • Arbitration – Judicial & Contractual;
  • Early neutral evaluation; and
  • Ombudsman schemes.

Advantages of ADR

  • the parties can withdraw at any time;
  • choice of date, time or venue; and
  • less procedural than the courts.

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