The call by the Chief Justice of Australia for us to become a dispute resolution centre for Asia Pacific is a good call. It shows that at the highest level, the benefit of an alternative dispute resolution is now well entrenched. The early initiative for this came from Mr Justice Croft in establishing International Arbitration here in the early 1980s. It demonstrates confidence in the ability of Australian lawyers to mediate cases. When law firms enforce this process, they achieve better and more cost effective results for clients and can build volume of their work without changing any one client legal fees which are considered too high because the legal process is too long.
Reference: “Chief Justice James Allsop wants to end litigation warfare”, The Australian Financial Review, published 21 November 2014.