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Two of the world’s leading dispute resolution organisations announced today that they had come together to offer a speedy, low-cost service for resolving commercial disputes. This followed calls by senior judges in the UK for a “breathing space” so that the courts can be spared from dealing with a deluge of cases arising from the global pandemic.

The Pandemic Business Dispute Resolution Service which offers facilitated negotiation, low-cost arbitration and mediation has been jointly created by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) the leading global professional organisation for Arbitration as well as other forms of dispute resolution and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), known internationally for its mediation work.

Businesses using the service can select individual options or proceed through a stepped process until their disputes are resolved. All the services are fixed cost and are totally on-line. The aim is to resolve...

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