Conciliation is an alternative dispute resolution process whereby the parties to a dispute refer a dispute to a conciliator. The conciliator generally meets with the parties both separately and together in an attempt to resolve their differences.
The Standard Irish Forms of Building Contract provides for conciliation as a dispute resolution process (as per the example above). Whilst arguably it is likely that with the commencement of the adjudication procedure, under the Construction Contracts Act 2013, will reduce the use of conciliation, it still provides a useful procedure to settle parties differences. Each party is responsible for their own costs and are jointly and severally liable for the cost of the conciliator.
Having acted in several conciliation hearings we can help you through the preparation and present your claim (or defend as the case may be) during the conciliation hearing.
In addition, Mark Etherington is on the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (“SCSI”) conciliation panel and is available to act as conciliator.
If both parties are willing to engage, conciliation offers the ability of introducing an independent third party to facilitate discussion, or alternative make a recommendation on the merits of the case.