dispute resolution

“Let’s talk”

Dispute resolution can be as quick and as straightforward as proposing a license or other mutually-beneficial arrangement.

Litigation

Sometimes taking a dispute to court is the best (or only) option. In many cases, bringing a formal action will cause the other party to take a dispute more seriously and can result in an early settlement. Even where a quick resolution is not possible, trial is not always inevitable. In fact, only a small number of disputes ever reach the trial stage.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)

Litigation can get expensive – even cost-prohibitive – and  ADR is often a preferred route to dispute resolution. In addition to generally being far less costly than litigation, ADR is often preferred because:

  • it offers flexible procedures
  • it is less complex than litigation
  • an expert may be the selected as the neutral third party to facilitate a resolution, and
  • it can be kept confidential

There is no one form of ADR. Parties may engage in:

  • negotiation, without legal counsel
  • mediation, with legal counsel presenting the arguments to a neutral party, or
  • arbitration, which is similar to mediation, but more formal