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Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)

Chambers is home to several barristers who are accredited mediators and arbitrators. They have experience of acting on behalf of parties involved in both mediation and arbitration, as well as acting as the mediator or arbitrator.

ADR is a long-established means of resolving disputes as an alternative or alongside court proceedings. Now that court resources are under pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a very attractive option available to clients in resolving their dispute.

Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”): An expert opinion is provided to the parties as to the merits of their respective cases with the evaluator instructed by both parties, effectively as a joint expert. It can be helpful where the issue is primarily a legal one. ENE can be conducted either by way of written opinion or in person. Private FDRs are a form of ENE (see below).

Private FDRs: private FDRs have been used by the Family Courts for some time now in financial remedy proceedings. Private FDRs operate on a similar basis but rather than being conducted by a Judge, the parties are free to instruct their own expert evaluator. Private FDRs can be provided either remotely or in Chambers. The private FDR will take place in comfortable surroundings conducive to reaching a settlement. Remote FDRs can be arranged using whichever conferencing platform works best for you, including Zoom and Skype for Business. Private FDRs can be more cost effective than court proceedings.

For cases involving chancery disputes, including property disputes, a “chancery” FDR may be appropriate.

Mediation: mediation involving a civil mediator is a very useful method of resolving a range of civil and chancery disputes. Parties are usually represented. The involvement of a mediator facilitates effective negotiations and can often lead to settlement being reached.

Round table meetings/joint settlement meetings: parties negotiate with the assistance of their legal representative but without the involvement of a mediator. These can also be an effective means of dispute resolution.

Arbitration: where it is not possible to reach an agreement, a further option available to clients is arbitration. Arbitration can be useful in a broad range of areas, from commercial disputes to children matters.

A number of members of Chambers are qualified arbitrators. Members of Chambers are also experienced in representing clients at arbitration.

We have barristers who are members/accredited by the following:

-    ADR-ODR International
-    Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB)
-    Member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators
-    London School of Mediation
-    Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Lead Mediator Panel
-    Association of Northern Mediators
-    Association of Midlands Mediators

-    TECBAR (Technology and Construction Bar Association)

Parklane Plowden Chambers has spacious premises in both Leeds and Newcastle and is ideally placed to host all forms of ADR. Refreshments are provided and every effort made to ensure the comfort of those involved. Facilities for conducting ADR remotely are also available.

For details as to what type of ADR is best for you and the services that Chambers offers, please contact our clerks who will be happy to assist.





Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Barristers

David de Jéhan

Called 1988

Sean Kelly

Called 1990

Deborah Shield

Called 1991

Elizabeth Darlington

Called 1998

Peter Cherry

Called 2003

Patrick Taylor

Called 2017
Admitted as a Solicitor in 1996


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

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