However, parties must be aware that, in order to have a good chance of success, ADRs must approach them with an open mind and prepare properly, rather than treating them as a “zigzon box” exercise. This, in turn, means that participation in the ADR (including the legal costs of the parties and the commissions of the neutral third party) entails additional costs, so that if the dispute is not established or if the problems that are added to the asdr are added to the total cost of resolving the dispute, rather than saving them. These fundamentals should be included in a compromise clause. Structured negotiations and/or mediations provide parties with alternatives to arbitration procedures and disputes that provide faster, cheaper and more flexible dispute resolution methods. Mediation, a procedure in which a neutral third party (the Ombudsman) attempts to “break” a settlement agreement between the parties, is particularly effective in assisting litigants, avoiding costly litigation or arbitration proceedings. It is increasingly common for these methods to be included in a staggered dispute settlement clause (also known as a “stepped” or “escalation clause”). Such clauses allow a claim to be gradually degenerated. For example, a standard level clause would provide for negotiations at different levels in each party`s affairs, mediation, and then litigation or arbitration proceedings. If carefully crafted, they can provide the parties with a low-cost trade dispute resolution mechanism. Conversely, poor wording can add an additional layer of bureaucracy and, in the worst case, leave parties without proper recourse to the courts or arbitration tribunals. More information about the development of these clauses can be found in our Quickguide: Tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses. (i) [ ] with respect to disputes, mainly of a technical nature; or where a dispute arises in connection with or in relation to this contract and the parties do not resign all or part of the dispute through negotiations, the parties agree to attempt to resolve the dispute by mediation, in accordance with the terms of the inerity attached to this contract.
There may still be some flexibility within the clause by providing discs for an agreement between the parties. For example, it may be useful to indicate that the enforcement of this agreement continues during an arbitration proceeding or other dispute resolution mechanism in accordance with the clause  No payment owed or payable by the owner or operator is withheld due to a pending reference to an arbitration procedure or other dispute resolution mechanism, unless such payment is the subject of such litigation. These clauses do not affect any of Her Majesty`s withdrawal or termination rights that are included in the GC section of this contract (inserting cancellation and termination clause numbers). This guide covers the key issues that you need to consider when drafting the contract for dispute resolution clauses.