Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a suitable alternative to litigation in a wide range of cases. ADR includes mediation, conciliation, expert determination and early neutral evaluation. Under the Civil Procedure Rules a court must further the overriding objective by actively managing cases, and this includes encouraging the parties to use an ADR procedure if the court considers that it is appropriate. Failure by the parties to use ADR may place the party who refuses to consider ADR at risk of adverse consequences in costs.
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