alternative dispute resolution

programs and services

1. Family Law Settlement Service (FLSS)

This is the most popular program we offer. It is a mediation service tailored particularly to family law matters. Over 62 per cent of matters referred to the FLSS in the last six months (July 2017 to December 2017) were settled or partially settled. We have qualified solicitor and barrister mediators that are also experienced in family law ready to assist you to resolve family law disputes. There are no delays. 

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2. The Law Society of NSW Mediation Program

This Program assists people wanting to resolve a dispute outside of a court room.

The Program is aimed at people who want to avoid going to court and who are willing to negotiate in good faith with the opposing party to reach a settlement.

The referrals are made to experienced mediators who will tailor the mediation to the specific needs of the parties and the dispute itself. We have mediators appointed to our panel that are experienced and qualified to mediate all types of disputes. To apply, parties need to complete an online application or contact our ADR team on (02) 9926 0396 during business hours.

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3. Presidential appointment of an arbitrator

Pursuant to a contractual clause, the President of the Law Society is empowered to appoint an arbitrator to determine a dispute. An arbitrator is selected from the current Local Court Arbitrators Panel and appointed when no conflicts of interest exist.  

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Conveyancing Arbitration Rules.

4. Presidential appointment of a valuer 

Clause 5.16 of Annexure B of the Lease empowers the President of the Law Society to appoint a valuer to conduct a market rent review when parties are not able to agree upon a valuer themselves. Where the Lease is a commercial lease, a licensed valuer is selected from the Australian Property Institute and appointed when no conflicts of interest exist.

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5. Presidential nomination of a mediator 

Pursuant to Dispute Resolution clauses contained within the relevant contract or agreement, the President of the Law Society is empowered to make a nomination of a mediator to resolve a dispute. Mediators are selected from the current Law Society Mediators Panel and nominated when no conflicts of interest exist.

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6. Presidential Appointment of an independent solicitor 

An independent solicitor can be appointed by the President of the Law Society by a consensus position between the parties or pursuant to consent orders or terms of settlement. The requests are generally made for an independent solicitor to act on the sale of a former matrimonial property.

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7. Presidential nomination of an expert 

The request for the Presidential nomination of an expert can be made by a consensus position between the parties or by a clause in a deed or agreement. The expert is an independent third party (solicitor) with recognised expertise in the subject matter.

The expert conducts the procedure in accordance with designated rules or in accordance with the Law Society's Rules for Expert Determination.

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