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We regularly attract new clients who have been using firms in London, but now receive a more cost efficient and more personal service from us here in Bury St Edmunds.

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An invitation not to ignore!

A recent High Court decision has emphasised that if you are a party to a dispute, whether or not it has resulted in Court proceedings, you should think very carefully before rejecting or even ignoring an invitation to explore the scope for resolving the dispute through some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  ADR is used to describe dispute resolution methods such as mediation, expert appraisal and expert determination, but not court proceedings or arbitration.

A failure to respond reasonably or at all can have significant financial consequences even if your case is successful at a trial or final hearing.

In Laporte v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, although the Metropolitan Police successfully defended the Claimant’s claim, the Judge concluded that “the Defendant’s failure fully and adequately to engage in the ADR process should be reflected in the costs order I make…” and, having weighed up various factors, directed that the Metropolitan Police’s claim for costs should be reduced by one third.

Whilst ADR may not be suitable in all cases, this latest decision highlights the need for parties to take all ADR proposals seriously and only reject them after seeking appropriate legal advice.

Even in a case where settlement appears unlikely, ADR can help you to better understand your opponent’s case, narrow down the issues and, if the case does proceed to trial, avoid costs sanctions of the type imposed in Laporte.       

For more information, or advice in relation to a dispute that you may have, please contact Ben Fox, a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team on 01284 717 442 or benjaminfox@greene-greene.com. For more information on Greene & Greene go to www.greene-greene.com and follow us on Twitter @greenegreenelaw.


Commercial litigation: The merits of dialogue

In the space of less than four weeks, after one of our commercial clients received a Letter of Claim relating to a contractual dispute, Michael Batty has helped it dispose of a six figure claim it was facing for approximately one third of the value of the original claim.  This was achieved through a prompt and full response to the Letter of Claim, followed by a meeting between the parties.   All terms were fully recorded in a detailed and binding Settlement Agreement.