Alternative dispute resolution and mediation


You'll be familiar with this site already if you practice employment law, but it is also a useful reference point for alternative dispute resolution. The "Disputes and problems at work"" section of the site helpfully explains the different types of ADR available and makes good use of video clips to do so.

Adjudication Society

The Adjudication Society is a not-for-profit Society promoting resolution of construction disputes by means of adjudication. The website has a database of relevant construction legal cases, and even a glossary of Scottish legal terms, written by Neil Kelly, of MacRoberts.

CALM Scotland

The CALM in the name refers to “Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators”, a grouping of family law mediators, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. The site contains a good description of the process, a video of a mock mediation and some downloadable forms.

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

CEDR is a long-established, independent, non-profit-making organisation which promotes the use of ADR in all manner of disputes: the site gives further information on mediation and links to other organisations concerned with mediation:

Scottish Arbitration Centre

Following the passing of the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010, which aims to promote Scotland as a centre for international arbitration cases, this is the website of the not-for-profit organisation which offers to deal with such cases. The site includes model arbitration clauses to be used in contracts specifying Scotland as the seat of arbitration in any domestic or international arbitration clause.

Scottish Mediation Network

This not-for-profit organisation provides a very useful summary of the different kinds of mediation and a search tool for finding mediators in different parts of Scotland.

World Intellectual Property Organization ADR Pages

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center offers mediation, arbitration, expedited arbitration, and expert determination to help settle domestic or international intellectual property disputes, including domain name disputes.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The full Scottish Arbitration Code, available in three formats, courtesy of the Scottish branch of the CIArb. Also full up to date list of events, details of arbitrators and short account of Scottish arbitration law. The site also covers adjudication and mediation as alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association

While this site is obviously of most use to those practising within this particular field (no pun intended!), it is of use in finding locally based valuers – should the need arise.