Queensland Law Society

Dispute resolution services

If you have a legal problem but do not want to be involved in a draining legal battle, consider one of the many alternatives to dispute resolution. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is the term used to describe different methods to help solve your legal problem other than going to court.

  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)                                     
    ADR includes a variety of methods outside of court proceedings, that can result in a binding agreement to resolve a legal problem. This section provides a summary of the types of alternative dispute resolution available.
  • Mediation
    Mediation is a popular way of resolving disputes by facilitating an agreement between the parties that will satisfy their respective interests without a third party imposing a decision.
  • Arbitration
    Arbitration is a process designed to enable the parties in a dispute to choose an independent arbitrator to act as a judge who will make a binding decision on the parties concerned.
    Relates to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004. Construction industry payment disputes can be lodged with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.