Raworths LLP
Mediation / ADR Mediation / ADR

Mediation / ADR


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Deborah Boylan


Disputes come in all sorts of guises in both private and business settings. However, wherever they arise may they are time consuming, stressful, emotionally draining and potentially expensive, and most people want to see them resolved effectively, satisfactorily and as soon as practically possible.

There is no single dispute resolution process that suits all disputes, at one end of the spectrum a round the table meeting may do the job and at the other the only answer may be a court hearing, however many disputes fall between these extremes.

Over recent years a range of dispute resolution techniques have been developed as an alternative or adjunct to traditional litigation and court proceedings, under the banner of “Alternative Dispute Resolution” or ADR, and these include mediation and Collaborative Law.

Raworths has been at the forefront of the use and development of ADR for over fifteen years and has developed a high level of experience and expertise, and these have been brought together in our specialist Mediation/ADR Service.

Raworths’ Mediation/ADR Service provides:

Collaborative Law

A relatively new process for dealing with family disputes, which encourages settlement while actively discouraging the matter going to court.

Employment and workplace mediation

This process brings a robust and practical approach to dealing with disputes in the workplace and/or between employers and employees, with the added advantage of minimising damage to often important relationships.

Facilitation / chairing dialogue

There are times when a situation arises or a project reaches a critical stage when a desired result seems impossible to achieve, but where bringing in a neutral third could help move things on to a satisfactory conclusion. We have experience of this in business, professional and political environments.

These services differ from each other, but they have the common characteristic of offering robust, practical and cost effective ways of resolving disputes or situations which do not involve the protagonists ending up in court.