Disputes is not an area of law per se, but they frequently arise in all areas of law. Disputes law is relevant when it comes to:

  • Civil litigation
  • Defamation
  • Professional negligence
  • ADR

In most cases the expertise of a solicitor is required to help settle these disagreements.

If one party brings a claim against another, the dispute might have to be settled in court. However, before a matter goes to court it is common that the parties try to solve the dispute through other methods.

Alternative dispute resolution

Many parties try to avoid settling their disputes in court as this can be a lengthy and costly process. The parties can agree to apply Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods to a wide range of conflicts.

ADR encompasses several different methods, including mediation and arbitration. An agreement reached through ADR might be legally binding. However, at times a court will need to approve the settlement. Whether an ADR agreement is legally binding or not depends on the specific settlement.


Damages are money paid as compensation for incurred injury or loss; they are awarded if a defendant is deemed to have acted unlawfully. Compensation can be awarded by a court and through ADR settlements. Importantly, if the method of ADR used is not legally binding then a court order will be needed to formalise the damages awarded.

If you believe that you are entitled to damages then instructing a specialist dispute solicitor will ensure that you get awarded the correct amount of damages that you are entitled to.


A solicitor can provide advice about the different, and most appropriate, dispute resolution method. Additionally, solicitors can refer clients to an independent mediator and provide clients with expert legal advice during an ADR process. In some cases, a solicitor may speak for their client during mediation. Our network of solicitors across Ireland includes those who have specialised in mediation training and can help you in whatever form of dispute you find yourself in.

If you are looking for expert legal advice on disputes then we can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor free of charge. Call us for free on 1800 937 974 or complete the web-form and let our experienced case handler find the right solicitor for your needs.

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