Undoubtedly, there has been a change in lifestyles and attitude towards dispute resolution both at home and in the workplace, as well as domestically and internationally. It will be correct to state we all need ADR.

Internationally, arbitration which is a form of dispute resolution is usually used by large corporations, multinationals and States. Domestically, families are encouraged to use mediation in resolving internal challenges. The British government recently stated its support for alternative dispute resolution by the provision in the law, that couples should first use mediation before seeking litigation in the resolution of disputes.

ADR is seen as acceptable because of its non-binding nature and because ADR comes across as compelling. Therefore, its compelling  nature means there is effectiveness in individual cases and privacy, all this add up to the surge and interest in ADR, one which can not be underplayed.

Disputant are increasingly drawn towards ADR as opposed to litigation. The provision in an agreement or contract for resolving disputes in a fast, efficient and cost-effective way as an alternative to litigation is the singular reason a vast majority would prefer ADR to litigation. The outcome of ADR is such that it is designed to achieve a resolution to which all the parties are committed to.