Dispute resolution needs to be handled with skill and sensitivity and to be tailored not only to the requirements of the relevant case but also to the particular needs of each client. At Forsters, our dispute resolution team provides a careful mix of sophisticated and commercial advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Ours is a partner-led approach, where the right lawyer or team of lawyers is always on hand to offer strategic and practical advice.
Many of our lawyers are City-trained and all are highly qualified. Our strength is being able to offer a formidable combination of technical know-how and people skills so as to provide guidance and support to clients while disputes are ongoing and to ensure the minimum amount of disruption to their businesses and their lives.
We have experience of handling a wide range of disputes, both domestic and international, and in all tribunals. We have acted in a number of high profile and reported cases but many of the disputes we handle are resolved ahead of any Court or other tribunal hearing: as well as fighting to protect our clients’ interests through litigation or arbitration, the team is skilled at finding solutions via negotiation or mediation. Working closely with colleagues in other departments when required, our aim is to ensure that our clients get clear strategic advice on the most appropriate form of dispute resolution at an early stage so that they can achieve the result they need in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Since 26 March 2020 when we last surveyed how mediation, arbitration and litigation were being conducted in the current circumstances, matters have evolved at a rapid pace, particularly in the English court system. We have seen unprecedented use of technology as the courts focus on getting business done as usual so far as possible.
In this short blog post, Dispute Resolution Partner, Andrew Head, and Senior Solicitor, Bryan Shacklady, take a look at the implications of the coronavirus lockdown for dispute resolution, focusing on three key dispute resolution mechanisms: litigation, arbitration and mediation.