We appreciate the increasing importance of alternative means of dispute resolution and recognise that our clients may be keen to preserve their commercial or personal relationships and/or avoid the adverse publicity that may accompany a dispute. In these circumstances, we can work with you to avoid litigation and instead explore other practical and more importantly cost-effective and commercially focused avenues to resolve your dispute, such as mediation, arbitration, or other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
As well as being more cost-effective than litigation, the main advantage of ADR is that the proceedings and any decision reached remain confidential, which can be a big driver for parties who wish to keep their commercial reputations intact. Parties also have more control over the resolution process as they can usually select their own arbitrator or mediator, which ensures that individuals with the requisite subject-knowledge and specific experience of the issues in dispute decide the outcome.
It is increasingly common for some types of commercial disputes, such as trade or construction disputes, to be resolved through arbitration given the specialist knowledge of the arbitral tribunal and the commercially sensitive nature of the matters in contention. In some instances, it can often be easier to enforce a final arbitral award compared to a Court obtained judgment.
Our team has extensive experience of resolving commercial disputes through mediation and arbitration, both domestically and abroad. We also have particular expertise in arbitrating disputes in the construction, oil and gas sectors. We are familiar with the relevant procedural requirements of different arbitral tribunals and have routinely appeared in various arbitral forums including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).