alternative dispute resolution
Various methods of resolving civil disputes otherwise than through the normal trial process. Under Part 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules the court will encourage the parties to use an alternative dispute resolution procedure if the court considers this appropriate, and should facilitate the use of such procedures. See also mediation; conciliation.
http://www.adrgroup.co.uk/ Website of the ADR Group
http://www.cedr.co.uk/ Website of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution