Chambers is strongly committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution. We believe that effective civil dispute resolution does not necessarily mean resort to the courts. Often it is more appropriate to reach a solution by means of arbitration or mediation. It may well be more cost-effective. In some cases it will allow practical measures to be implemented, measures which might not lie within the power of the courts to impose. In other cases it may well allow parties to see aspects of their dispute in a new light and, sometimes even as part of the machinery of the solution, commercial relations between previously trading parties may be resurrected.
Mediation is a method by which the parties are assisted in finding a settlement to their dispute. The mediator does not 'decide' the case (in contrast to an arbitrator) but rather helps the parties to find a solution which satisfies all involved. It is a flexible process and can lead to much more inventive solutions to problems than are available in court. Settling a dispute by mediation at an early stage of a dispute can save considerable cost.
All members of chambers are willing to act in arbitrations, mediations and adjudications, and will suggest these methods of dispute resolution where they are appropriate.
Several members of chambers are accredited arbitrators and/or mediators. Full details can be found here, and assistance in choosing an appropriately qualified arbitrator or mediator can be obtained from the clerks.
Lamb Chambers also has a dedicated Mediation Suite, which is available for hire along with a number of individual conference rooms. For more information about hiring the Mediation Suite or individual conference rooms please visit our Mediation Service page.