Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Toronto Litigators for Mediation, Arbitration and Negotiation of Legal Disputes

When legal disputes arise, parties often presume that litigation will be the next step. However, litigation can be costly and take a considerable amount of time to resolve. In some cases, it may be best to seek out alternative methods of dispute resolution that can be handled more efficiently, while mitigating costs for the parties involved. In addition, these methods allow parties to resolve a matter discretely, as details of the proceedings remain confidential. This is in contrast to litigation, which is open to the public and matters form a part of the public record.

GLG LLP has a robust litigation department that also provides representation for clients in mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Ryan Kerr, the firm’s litigation partner, has extensive experience in all methods of dispute resolution. He will work with a client to determine the best path forward to resolving any legal matter, keeping the client’s best interests in mind.

The lawyers at GLG LLP strive to provide exemplary service to every client, with personalized attention and regular communication. They are conscious of each client’s time and financial position and will take these factors into consideration when advising on the best method to resolve a particular matter.

A Guide to Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration

Each method of alternative dispute resolution has pros and cons and are best employed in specific circumstances. No solution is one-size-fits-all.


When parties are in dispute, sometimes the simplest option is best. Effective negotiation by a skilled lawyer can go a long way toward resolving a matter efficiently. When negotiating on behalf of a client, GLG LLP will work to secure their client’s interests and resolve a matter quickly. This is often the best first step in resolving a matter, before turning to more formal proceedings.


Mediation employs a neutral third-party mediator to manage negotiations between the parties of a dispute. A mediator does not issue a decision in a matter, but rather facilitates discussion and attempts to guide the parties towards a mutually agreeable resolution. In situations where parties are open to discussion, this method can be an efficient way to resolve a disagreement. However, if parties are strictly at odds, it may not be the optimal solution.


Arbitration is a mid-point between mediation and litigation. In arbitration, the parties agree to appoint a third-party adjudicator to hear both sides of a matter and issue a binding decision. Oftentimes, business and employment contracts will establish arbitration as the resolution method of choice for any dispute, so that the parties can avoid costly litigation. An arbitrator’s decision will be binding on the parties unless they have agreed to certain rights of appeal in advance.

Contact GLG LLP for Effective Advocacy in Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

Contact GLG LLP in downtown Toronto for skilled guidance through the dispute resolution process. The firm’s lawyers represent clients in a variety of legal issues and will also see a matter through to litigation should that become necessary. The firm will guide clients towards the most effective and efficient method available under the given circumstances. Call the firm at 416-272-7557 or contact them online to schedule a confidential consultation.