About Practical Law Dispute Resolution

A guide to the Practical Law Dispute Resolution service.

To find out more, ask a question online or call us on +44 (0)20 7202 1220.


Our Dispute Resolution service provides up-to-date and practical guidance on litigation and alternative dispute resolution law and practice. It covers practice and procedure and those matters which are of concern to all those involved in dispute resolution, regardless of their specialist area. It is relevant to all forms of disputes, from relatively straightforward litigation to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Our team of dispute resolution specialists create and maintain all our resources. They are also available to answer your questions through our Ask service.

Our resources are supplemented with materials written by dispute resolution experts at leading firms, which are kept up to date by our team.



Practical Law Dispute Resolution provides maintained know how and current awareness on the practice and procedure for resolving disputes. We create and maintain an extensive bank of online resources relating to all types of commercial dispute resolution in litigation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including mediation and expert determination, and (as a separate service) arbitration (see Practical Law Arbitration).

Our resources cover all aspects of court proceedings, from pre-action conduct through to issuing and managing a claim, down to enforcement (in England and overseas), appeals and settlement. We also detail the latest developments and practice in ADR and provide resources to assist with drafting ADR and other clauses, including governing law and jurisdiction clauses.



As for all Practical Law practice areas, we provide:

  • Legal updates alerting you to developments in law, regulation and practice, as they happen. You can receive these by e-mail and RSS or view online. See Dispute Resolution legal updates.

  • Practice notes with clear and up-to-date explanations of law and practice. We consult primary sources, practitioners and leading texts, distilling the principles so you can advise with confidence. See Dispute Resolution practice notes.

  • Standard documents with drafting notes, created by our team of experts. Start with a market standard template you know to be up to date, including agreements, letters and forms. See Dispute Resolution standard documents.

  • Checklists and Quick guides. Quick reference reminders to help you ensure you have everything covered. See Dispute Resolution checklists and Dispute Resolution quick guides

  • Articles that give you an insight into what your peers are thinking.

The Dispute Resolution practice area also provides:


Current awareness

Our team of experts monitor and review thousands of sources daily to identify and analyse developments that are of practical significance to lawyers.

Dispute Resolution legal updates cover:

  • Significant court decisions.

  • Changes in practice and procedure, including CPR updates.

  • Proposed, draft and new UK and EC legislation and regulations.

  • Major consultation papers from the EC, UK government and other relevant bodies.

Each legal update includes:

  • A summary.

  • Relevant background information.

  • An analysis of the practical impact of the development.

  • Links to source materials (including transcripts for new cases), other legal updates and practice notes.

Choose to receive our Dispute Resolution legal updates by weekly or monthly e-mail:

  • Weekly e-mails are sent on Wednesday night and will be in your inbox on Thursday morning.

  • Monthly e-mails are sent on the last working day of the month and will be in your inbox the next morning.

How to access current awareness

To sign up to receive our legal updates by e-mail, visit E-mail preferences in My Practical Law.

You can also:

  • View most recent updates on the Dispute Resolution homepage.

  • Search for past legal updates from any page of the website.

  • Sign up to receive updates by RSS as they are published.

  • Follow us on Twitter: @PracticalLawUK.


Cases and legislation

You can link through directly from any reference to case law or legislation in our Dispute Resolution resources to the underlying source. Depending on your subscriptions, you can choose either to view the case report or statutory provision on our sister service, Westlaw UK, or through other providers including BAILII and legislation.gov.uk.


Special coverage

The Dispute Resolution practice area provides special coverage of key developments in the Dispute Resolution professional's calendar, for example, through the Jackson/civil litigation reforms: toolkit ( www.practicallaw.com/6-518-7706) .

We provide comprehensive guides and commentary in relation to key Dispute Resolution developments and what they mean for practitioners. We also update our maintained materials to reflect any changes made.

Looking ahead: developments in dispute resolution

Twice a year we produce articles that highlight expected key developments in litigation and alternative dispute resolution in England and Wales. See Practical Law Dispute Resolution: What to expect in 2016 ( www.practicallaw.com/0-619-9626) .

We also regularly update Practical Law Dispute Resolution: what to expect: tracker throughout the year.

Top ten tips for dispute resolution practitioners

We produce an article every year that highlights our key practical tips from some of the significant cases. See Practical Law Dispute Resolution: Top Ten Tips from 2015 ( www.practicallaw.com/4-619-9653) .

CPR tracker

We also provide detailed coverage of changes to the CPR, tracking developments and proposed changes before they happen, see CPR updates: tracker.

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