The primary goal of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is to settle disputes without litigation.
Going to court often involves a long and arduous process—and doesn’t always produce a beneficial result.
This is precisely what ADR is designed to avoid: the time delays, costs, anxiety, and sometimes disappointing outcomes of litigation.
ADR is used to settle disputes in a wide range of practice areas, including:
☑️ Family matters
☑️ Commercial contracts
☑️ Workplace disputes
☑️ Labour relations
☑️ Business and consumer disputes
☑️ Intellectual property
☑️ International trade deals
There are four main types of ADR. Many alternative dispute resolution professionals build skills across all four modalities, so they can choose or combine approaches to suit clients' needs.
In this post, we'll guide you through each ADR type, including common pros and cons of each model.