Coronavirus Update: Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) during lockdown
The coronavirus pandemic and the measures to control it have had an enormous impact on the day to day operation of the Courts. Cases and trials are being adjourned as a matter of course. Parties that were expecting their disputes to be resolved imminently are now finding that the end is no longer in sight. Perhaps worst of all, it is unknown how long this current situation will last. Despite this, it may be essential that parties have their legal disputes resolved as soon as possible (whether or not such disputes currently are the subject of Court proceedings).
To facilitate the smooth operation of the Courts and access to justice at this difficult time, parties are being encouraged by the judiciary to seek pragmatic compromises to their cases.
With this in mind, the experienced team of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners at Park Square Barristers are able to offer online dispute resolution (ODR). This may take any form of ADR including an early neutral evaluation and mediation. As well as facilitative services, binding and non-binding determinations can also be provided.
Park Square Barristers is able to offer secure uploading and storage of documents and a variety of video conferencing services. Parties are welcome to agree their own platform, with Zoom.us being PSQB’s preferred option. Zoom.us is easy to use and packed with features so that a virtual mediation will run just as smoothly as it would have face to face.
As well as qualified mediators, PSQB has a number of deputy district judges, Recorders (Civil and Family) and a Deputy High Court judge, all able to apply their judicial experience to cases across the whole range of complexities and values.
PSQB’s online dispute resolution services can be accessed by solicitors or directly by members of the public.
We have a very competitive package as well as the flexibility to tailor what you want to individual requirements. For clients who need certainty and their dispute resolving, with help
From experienced individuals, it could make perfect sense to mediate or arbitrate a dispute – clients can then put it behind them.
Meet the Team
Richard was called to the bar in 1997, appointed a Recorder (Civil) in 2019 and is an accredited mediator with the Civil Mediation Council (2021). He is able to undertake early neutral evaluations (ENE) and mediations in all areas of Civil law, particularly personal injury and clinical negligence. He is a former contributor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service and is ranked in the top tier of the Legal 500 directory and also Chambers and Partners. He has a interest in developing ODR (online dispute resolution). Read full profile.
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For more information or to arrange ODR, please contact the civil clerks: