Dispute Resolution module (LW52139)

Learn about dispute resolution and alternate dispute resolution in Scottish legal practice. Enhance your skills in client communication and negotiation

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This module looks at both dispute resolution (DR) and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) in Scottish legal practice. You will explore the huge variety of areas of law that DR and ADR can cover, e.g. contract and property law. This module also covers client communication and negotiation.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn how best to approach the non-advocacy aspects of dispute resolution
  • develop your problem-solving and drafting skills
  • explore the choices of forum for DR and ADR
  • learn how to carry out an initial fact-finding meeting with a client
  • consider the psychology behind DR
  • learn how to research, draft, prepare and present an advice note to a client
  • learn how to effectively prepare for court action and appearance
  • explore the use of expert witnesses, instruction of advocates, and correspondence with the opponent's agents
  • learn how best to prepare for a negotiation meeting and endeavour to settle a dispute

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • work with a dispute resolution team in a Scottish law practise, with consideration of alternative modes of resolution of legal issues between parties

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework (60%)
    • two pieces
    • practical client work i.e. preparing a note of advice
  • presentation (30%)
  • professional attributes (10%)
    • includes attendance at and participation in class

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • small group tutorials
  • independent learning


This module is available on following courses: