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Conciliation ... bite size

Conciliation is a more informal form of alternative dispute resolution. 

The conciliator assists the parties to a dispute to find a resolution. 

Although the conciliator can suggest a solution, they have no powers to enforce it. 

Advantages of conciliation: 

  • less expensive than litigation
  • quicker than litigation
  • procedure is more flexible than litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • less adversarial which is important where there is an ongoing relationship

Disadvantages of conciliation: 

  • conciliator has no power to enforce a decision
  • conciliator is not usually a subject expert

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