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Choosing the process to settle your dispute can be crucial - saving time, stress and money. Our brilliant team can guide you through the process and maximise your chances of success

One of the most astute appointments I have ever made.

A company director

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Without prejudice discussions

We can advise you on what initial and/or pre-action steps should be taken by all parties to a dispute including the benefits of open and without prejudice correspondence in enabling you to discuss matters relating to your dispute and the protection available against any communications you make early in discussions later being relied on in proceedings.

Offers to settle

We can assist with the appropriate steps to take in proceedings, whether that is in respect of making an offer to settle at the correct stage of proceedings, making an offer to settle to best protect you from potential costs risks arising in proceedings or making an offer to best maximise your costs realisations.


We can advise you on the best type of mediation appropriate to your dispute, whether that be more formal mediation with the objective of settlement, or the benefit of alternative forms of mediation such as blind-bidding.  At Francis Wilks & Jones we have expertise in preparing a mediation statement, best preparing for mediation and the preliminary requirements.


At Francis Wilks & Jones we can extensively advise on arbitration clauses or alternatively negotiate arbitration agreements, and manage the consequential arbitration procedure.  We can advise on the benefits of arbitration and assist with arbitration clauses and ensuring that any commercial disputes are required to be settled by arbitration, rather  than commercial litigation proceedings.

Expert Determination

At Francis Wilks & Jones we can advise on the process of expert determination of disputed issues, the benefit of using an expert rather than relying on a commercial judge, and the further benefits in respect of complex specialist matters, where the understanding of an expert is preferred.

Early Neutral Evaluation

We can advise on the benefit of Early Neutral Evaluation, when it is appropriate to be used and the benefits it can provide either as method of enabling the parties to obtain a preliminary understanding of how their case may eventually be considered at trial, or to settle a preliminary issue.

Contact our brilliant Alternative Dispute Resolution team today for immediate help. We can pinpoint the right process for you to ensure fast and effective settlement of your dispute.

FWJ were very hands-on, getting involved from an early stage in seeking to avert an expensive set of litigation proceedings. I am more than happy to recommend their services, particularly when it comes to considering complicated issues or complex proceedings.

A client we successfully defended

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