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Cover A Practical Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution

4. Funding ADR Procedures  

This chapter discusses the issue of funding alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures. Costs are a major motivation for undertaking ADR, but the costs position can be quite complex. Indeed, the separate elements of costs must all be considered. It is government policy to make more use of ADR, including online ADR, for lower-value cases so that dispute resolution is cost effective. Although a process like arbitration can be expensive, most ADR processes are relatively inexpensive, and information on costs is quite easily available from ADR providers. Ultimately, it is important for the lawyer to make an overall analysis of the financial position and risks to assist the client in taking an informed decision about litigation and ADR options. Costs may be considered as part of a negotiated or mediated settlement.