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Law Society of Scotland: New Alternative Dispute Resolution Guidelines

The Law Society of Scotland has published new guidance for solicitors on advising clients about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.  The guidance came into effect at the beginning of November and provides that solicitors giving advice on dispute resolution procedures should have sufficient knowledge of commonly available ADR options so that they can discuss and explain the available options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each, in a way which will allow the client to make an informed decision about the course of action that best serves the client’s interests.

Although the guidance is not prescriptive, it should help ensure that solicitors advise their clients on mediation, arbitration and other methods of resolving disputes which may be more appropriate than proceeding with court action.

Law Society of Scotland Guidance


For further information please contact Catherine Hart, Associate, Professional Support Lawyer on 0141 228 8000

By Catherine Hart

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