by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

    The President of the Supreme Court, the Rt. Hon.


The Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, has officially opened the Bar Council’s Resolution Centre in Belfast.

The Resolution Centre has been established by the Bar of Northern Ireland to cater for a different and emerging need where the conditions lend themselves towards pursuing resolution by means of out-of-court mediation and arbitration. The Resolution Centre is therefore a venue within the local Belfast market for skilled mediators and arbitrators to use their specific set of core skills to assist parties in arriving at alternative resolution options.

Its facilities include private, acoustically sealed rooms; state of the art Wi-Fi, telephone and video conferencing; flexible opening hours; catering and dedicated staff and services to assist clients to resolve matters by means of alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to handling commercial disputes, The Resolution Centre is therefore available for handling private cases including divorce and family law and in certain situations may be the most appropriate option as it may offer a more timely and cost-effective solution with the added advantages of preserving the privacy and relationships of those involved.

Speaking at the official opening, Lady Hale said: “I congratulate the Bar of Northern Ireland for creating The Resolution Centre to cater for those circumstances where an opportunity exists for disputes to be properly settled by means of alternative dispute resolution.

The venue has been specifically designed to support the resolution

process and to create the potential for skilled mediators and arbitrators to find solutions for the parties involved. I wish The Resolution Centre every success for the future.”

Liam McCollum QC, Chairman of the Bar of Northern Ireland said: “The creation of The Resolution Centre is good news for both local and prospective international clients as it provides another addition to the advantages that the jurisdiction can already offer to them. Clients already have direct access to a wide network of skilled local solicitors and the ability to engage the Bar’s existing expertise in providing trusted and independent advice and representation in court alongside the significantly lower cost of commercial litigation in Northern Ireland compared to other locations. The Bar of Northern Ireland are very grateful to the justices of the Supreme Court for visiting the centre and are honoured that Lady Hale has officially opened the centre as part of the Supreme Court’s historic visit to Belfast.”

Further details on the facilities and services available at The Resolution Centre can be found at http://theresolutioncentre.co.uk/

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