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Alternative dispute resolution and the court

Christian Charles |

The English courts have for many years actively encouraged litigants to explore alternative methods of resolving their disputes. This support for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) was at the heart of the Woolf reforms in the late 1990s and is now enshrined in the Civil Procedure Rules and the Pre-Action Protocols, as well as the various […]

Unfair contract terms: suppliers beware

Christian Charles, Digby Hebbard |

A dispute over the quality of building products highlights the need for customers to understand the terms they are signing up to – and, where possible, to explore the possibility of alternatives. It is common in the construction industry for parties to enter into contracts on the basis of their standard terms and conditions. These […]