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Disputes and mediation

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to the settlement of disputes outside of the Court system.

There are several different types of ADR, and further information about these different types of ADR and the ADR services the Law Society offers can be found here.

Fees for alternative dispute resolution (current as of 1 January 2018)

Requests and referrals for Presidential appointment of an arbitrator, mediator, valuer, expert or independent solicitor will incur an administration charge.

Click here for more information about the Law Society fees for ADR


Alternative Dispute Resolution – information about mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Family Law Settlement Service – mediation of family law property matters referred by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

ADR providers –  list of links to other government and non-profit organisations that offer ADR services.

The Model Clause – details and description for legal practitioners.

The Law Society programs

Law Society Mediation Program – confidential, face-to-face mediation sessions conducted by experienced mediators appointed to the Law Society Mediators Panel.

Law Society's Rules for Expert Determination – resolution of disputes based upon the decision of an independent third party.

Conveyancing Dispute Resolution Scheme – receive determinations about conveyancing disputes from the Law Society’s Property Law Committee.


  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • T: (02) 9926 0396
  • E: ADR@lawsociety.com.au
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