Commentary

1 The increasing popularity of arbitration and ADR

ARBITRATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION vol 3(1)

1 The increasing popularity of arbitration and ADR

(B) Commentary

A: INTRODUCTION TO ARBITRATION AND ADR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

1 The increasing popularity of arbitration and ADR

Arbitration and ADR have continued to grow in popularity during the two decades following the introduction of the Arbitration Act 1996. In 2016 some 26,000 cases were referred to arbitration, mediation or adjudication in the United Kingdom. Approximately 4,700 of those were disputes with an international element, the majority of which were referred to arbitration1.

Recourse to arbitration and ADR has many potential benefits. By resolving their dispute outside the courts using a flexible, tailored procedure, parties may save significant time and costs.

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