Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a process, other than a judicial determination, in which an impartial person assists those in a dispute to resolve the issues between them.

ADR may come in the form of:
– Negotiations
– Conferencing
– Mediation or
– Arbitration.

Negotiation, conferencing or mediation involves seeking resolution by agreement reached between the parties and often involves an intermediary third party. Arbitration, on the other hand, may involve a binding determination by an arbitrator or by a third party. Parties may agree to resolve their dispute through ADR. ADR may also form a compulsory part of a court or tribunal process.

The Victorian courts refer cases to mediation, pre-hearing conferences, conciliation and arbitration. The Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates’ Courts as well as the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court have the power to order a proceeding or any part of a proceeding to mediation, with or without the consent of the parties.

The aim of ADR is to reduce the costs of disputes and to provide faster and non-adversarial dispute resolution and remedies that are adaptable to the needs of the parties in dispute.

Settlement through ADR may save you valuable time and money as well as stress that is often involved in disputes and court proceedings. Other important measures of resolving a dispute through arbitration or through other ADR processes, however, are agreement quality and participant satisfaction and empowerment.

At LGM Advisors our Melbourne lawyers are here to assist you achieve the best possible outcome and ensure that you feel satisfied and empowered through the result achieved on your behalf.

To speak to an Alternative Dispute Resolution lawyer in Melbourne contact us on +61 3 9832 0608 or alternatively by email at