The RICS now boasts a panel of widely experienced accredited mediators in the region, who are eligible for appointment to disputes worldwide. The panel will provide a boost to the existing alternative dispute resolution services currently used in the UAE.
The panel launch included a one day seminar which was co hosted with the Dubai Land Department at Dubai’s Cityscape convention. The aim of the seminar was to promote ADR in the region and specifically mediation as an effective resolution process for UAE disputes.
During the seminar a number of important members of Dubai Government shared their useful experiences with the mediation process. Nasser Suleiman, Head of Legal Centre, for the DLD advised how useful mediation can be in the property and construction sectors since the disputes that arise are hugely expensive and can lead to severe delays in major projects. Judge Ahmed Abdulla, Head of Real Estate Courts, Dubai Courts, also advised on the importance of mediation as a key to keeping disputes from overcrowding the courts. The seminar included panel discussions during which a number of lawyers from international law firms, including Al Tamimi & Company, took part.
ADR is used increasingly in the international property and construction sector. The DLD used the launch event to remind the sector of the usefulness of mediation to reach an agreed resolution between the parties in cases where litigation or arbitration could take many years to reach a conclusion. The RICS has now set up a working group of accredited mediators from its UAE panel who will work together with the DLD and UAE Government departments to promote mediation and other forms of ADR in the region.
RICS mediation services are commercial, robust and focused on practical mediation techniques appropriate to the built environment sector and beyond. Its training is designed for both legal and non-legal professionals working in the built and other commercial environments. The RICS mediation panel offers parties a great variety of experienced mediators for appointment once the parties have decided to mediate a dispute.
For more information on mediation services please contact Abigail Powell