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What is ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a broad range of structured processes for dispute resolution, such as mediation, adjudication, and conciliation. All modes of ADR have, as a common factor, the involvement of an impartial third party to help parties in dispute to come to an agreement, without having to resort to court-based litigation. Although arbitration can be included as a type of ADR, it is equally often distinguished on the basis that the result arrived at through arbitration is, like a court order, legally binding on the parties to the arbitration; the same is not true of other ADR variants. Both arbitration and ADR are widely accepted by both the general public and the courts as an effective and beneficial form of resolving disputes.  

ADR mechanisms have a number of potential advantages to the parties, when compared to litigation:    

What is Arbitration?    

Arbitration provides parties with a framework for resolving their dispute which results in a legally binding determination. Although often used in the context international commercial disputes, the arbitral process can be applied to a diverse range of areas, and provides a legally enforceable alternative to litigation. In Ireland, arbitral proceedings are provided with a statutory basis under the Arbitration Act 2010, which incorporates current international best practice into Irish domestic law. There are a number of reasons why parties might choose arbitration as the means to settle their differences, including:         

Expedience. In arbitral proceedings, the parties can move at their own pace. Proceeding through the courts system can be extremely time-consuming, and thus not best suited to time sensitive disputes. 

Control. In arbitral proceedings, the parties can agree the arbitrator (who will rule on the dispute) between them in advance. Similarly, the parties may agree the rules to be used in the arbitration and location of the arbitration.    

Privacy. The general rule is that justice is done in public. Arbitration offers parties a way to resolve their dispute in private, away from the public exposure of open court.      

Where do I find a mediator/arbitrator?

Please see the search function here   You can search by specialisation, Area of practice, seniority, circuit etc.        

Where can I park?       

“Smithfield Market Car Park Queen Street – Located in the centre of Smithfield Square. Close to the Law Library, shops and the old Jameson Distillery. This is less than a 5 minute walk from our building.

There is a €10 daily rate for DDRC clients. You will receive a ticket from the machine in the carpark and we can validate this in the DDRC reception. When you present it at the booth in Park Rite you will avail of this €10 rate. – Dublin 7, D07 NX33, Ireland –  +353(1)4850846″         

Is there catering?         

There are fantastic catering services available that can deliver tea/coffee, sandwiches, hot foods and more! Please see more information here.      

Where can I stay in Dublin?      

We recommend hotels close to the legal quarter.