Other options and more information

Other forms of ADR include:

  • Adjudication: this process involves an adjudicator, who reviews the facts and legal arguments set forth by the parties in a dispute to reach a decision.
  • Conciliation: This is similar to mediation. However, in Ireland, construction conciliation is a unique form of ADR: when a conciliator is unable to facilitate a settlement between the parties, he or she will then issue a recommendation that will be binding upon the parties unless it is rejected by either of them within a prescribed time.
  • Expert determination: This arises where the parties appoint an independent expert to investigate the matter in dispute and to make a decision on the merits of the dispute. The parties usually agree that the expert’s finding will be finding and binding upon them.

ADR Guide

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society has produced a guide to the different forms of ADR available in Ireland.