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Areas of Experience

  • Commercial disputes
  • Consumer disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Family disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Sporting and regulatory disputes

36 ADR

36 ADR is our group of accredited mediators, family mediators and arbitrators drawn from different areas of legal practice. ADR stands for “Alternative Dispute Resolution”.

All of us at 36 ADR are experienced barristers in our particular fields. We have experienced mediators and arbitrators and some who are less experienced, so we are able help with both large and small disputes.

Because of our legal experience in our particular fields, we are well able to provide neutral evaluation of a dispute. That situation apart, the subject-matter of a dispute tends not to matter, as a mediator does not need to have extensive knowledge of a particular legal subject area to do the mediation effectively.

What we do

These are the kinds of ADR that we do:

  • Mediation – both traditional and family models
  • Family law arbitration
  • Civil and Commercial Arbitration
  • Private FDRs (i.e. Family Dispute Resolutions)
  • Neutral evaluation

We carry out ADR for all kinds of disputes, from consumer, commercial, shipping and employment to family, property, partnership, sporting, and regulatory.

Our Team

Our team includes experienced mediators and arbitrators, and, since all of us are experienced barristers in our particular fields, we are well able to provide neutral evaluation of a dispute.

What is ADR?

Alternative Dispute Resolution includes a number of ways in which you can try to avoid going to court to sort out your dispute.


Mediation involves a third party, the mediator, helping the parties to negotiate their own settlement. It has a structure, timetable and dynamics that ‘ordinary’ negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential. The presence of a mediator is the key distinguishing feature of the process.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue between the parties in dispute, aiming to help them reach an agreement about the matters in dispute. Much depends on the mediator's skill and training. The mediator must be wholly impartial.

We have a group of mediators especially qualified for family mediation. For further information about our family mediation service, Click Here



Arbitration is effectively a private court. It involves a third party hearing and/or reviewing the evidence in the case and imposing a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts. It has long been used in commercial disputes because it is often quicker, and always more private, than the courts.

Since 2012 it has been possible to appoint an arbitrator to decide family disputes over financial issues. Family arbitration has the benefit of being much less formal, and much quicker and more private than the court process.

36 ADR has one of the largest teams of arbitrators qualified to determine family financial disputes under rules of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators ( One of our arbitrators conducted one of the first family law arbitrations in England.


Neutral Evaluation

Neutral evaluation involves a third party (invariably an experienced lawyer) reviewing the evidence and providing a written opinion on the likely outcome to the parties. It is not binding, but it is often very helpful in enabling the parties then to negotiate their own settlement.