Alternative Dispute Resolution
Recently, the Firm won a multi-million dollar case for a Korean firm against a huge local company, which meant an extremely large award for the client. This particular case was concluded by means of an arbitration proceeding officiated by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. This process is called an Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). This refers to a range of processes that are used to resolve conflicts or disputes without, or prior to, recourse to the courts. These may involve such proceedings as mediation, conciliation, mini-trial and a variety of other methods designed to use collaborative, interest-based approaches to reach settlement. MFL & Partners’ ADR lawyers are well-versed in the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Republic Act 9285 (Philippine ADR Law) and Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) Rules.
Aside from representing clients in ADR proceedings, we also assist businessmen and companies in dispute avoidance; drafting of dispute resolution clauses in a variety of contracts; conflict management on an industrial scale; damage minimization; and in negotiating multi-party commercial transactions.