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LEGAL & FINANCE: It's best to talk, says Lodders.

Why pick a fight when there is no need? That's the message from Lodders Solicitors in Stratford-upon-Avon which has changed the name of its litigation division to reflect the changing emphasis on dispute resolution and mediation.

Lodders partner Michael Wakeling said that since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules in 1999 there had been a growing emphasis on trying to resolve disputes before they made it to the court room.

"Often going to court to resolve a dispute is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. At Lodders we much prefer to endeavour to resolve a dispute without the need for court proceedings.

"That's why we have changed the name of the division which handles contentious issues to the litigation and dispute resolution work group to reflect the increasing emphasis on mediation rather than confrontation."

He said the number of claims that actually reached the court room was substantially down since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules and this was to the benefit of all parties.

"It has freed up what was in danger of becoming a legal logjam with every case becoming a court case," said Mr Wakeling.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 10, 2006
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