The best way to avoid a dispute is to circumvent it from happening in the first place. If this is not possible then the dispute needs to be managed in the best, quickest and most economical manner possible.
Each of the traditional ADR methods from mediation to litigation has a place in resolving disputes. However, they are all inherently reactive and only come into play when there is a well-developed dispute which the parties themselves cannot resolve without assistance.
Dispute Avoidance Advisors (DAA) and Dispute Avoidance Boards (DAB) can play an active role working with the parties to either eliminate or minimise the dispute and its impact on them. These roles are particularly useful when the parties are involved in complex, lengthy or high-value contracts / projects.