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Hamburg Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Eckart   Broedermann
Eckart Broedermann
+49-40-37 09 05-20
Katharina  Klingel
Katharina Klingel
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Dr. York  Zieren
Dr. York Zieren
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Philipp  von Dietze
Philipp von Dietze
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Andrea  Tiedemann
Andrea Tiedemann
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Eckard  von Bodenhausen
Eckard von Bodenhausen
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Tina  Denso
Tina Denso
+49-40-37 09 05-0
Christoph  Oertel
Christoph Oertel
+49-40-37 09 05-0

Broedermann Jahn

ABC-Straße 15
Hamburg, Germany 20354

Litigation & Arbitration

It is the firm’s strong belief that international business law advice needs to be accompanied by experience of how to solve (international) disputes. When faced with international litigation or arbitration, the Hamburg alternative dispute resolution lawyers at Brödermann Jahn bear the brunt of the clients’ struggle to respond to each jurisdictions’ special request. Also on a national level, the firm’s competence in this area helps the client to re-align with its core interests.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an approach or means for resolving disputes outside the judicial system, commonly in the form of arbitration or mediation. Mediation is considered among the less formal alternatives to litigation that involves a panel or impartial third party (typically consisting of a group of qualified attorneys or retired judges experienced in negotiations) that intervenes to reach a settlement of the dispute.


Arbitration is the procedure by which parties agree to submit their disputes to an independent neutral third party, known as an arbitrator, who considers arguments and evidence from both sides, then hands down a final and binding decision. This alternative, which can be used to adjudicate business-to-business, business-to-employee, or business-to-customer disputes, can utilize a permanent arbitrator, an independent arbitrator selected by the two parties to resolve a particular grievance, or an arbitrator selected through other procedures. A board of arbitrators can also be used in a hearing.

After the arbitrator is selected, both sides are given the opportunity to present their perspectives on the issue or issues in dispute. These presentations include testimony and evidence that are provided in much the same way as a court proceeding, although formal rules of evidence do not apply. Upon completion of the arbitration hearing, the arbitrator reviews the evidence, testimony, and the collective bargaining agreement, considers principles of arbitration, and makes a decision.


In contrast to arbitration, mediation is a process whereby the parties involved utilize an outside party to help them reach a mutually agreeable settlement. Rather than dictate a solution to the dispute between labor and management, the mediator—who maintains scrupulous neutrality throughout—suggests various proposals to help the two parties reach a mutually agreeable solution. In mediation, the various needs of the conflicting sides of an issue are identified, and ideas and concepts are exchanged until a viable solution is proposed by either of the parties or the mediator. Rarely does the mediator exert pressure on either party to accept a solution. Instead, the mediator’s role is to encourage clear communication and compromise in order to resolve the dispute. The terms “arbitration” and “mediation” are sometimes used interchangeably, but this mixing of terminology is careless and inaccurate. While the mediator suggests possible solutions to the disputing parties, the arbitrator makes a final decision on the labor dispute which is binding on the parties.

Mediation can be a tremendously effective tool in resolving disputes without destroying business relationships. It allows parties to work toward a resolution out of the public eye without spending large sums on legal expenses. Its precepts also ensure that a company will not become trapped in a settlement that it finds unacceptable (unlike an arbitration decision that goes against the company).


Broedermann Jahn

ABC-Straße 15
Hamburg, Germany 20354

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Broedermann Jahn

ABC-Straße 15
Hamburg, Germany 20354

Law Firm Contact: Prof. Dr. Eckart Broedermann

Tel: +49 40 37 09 05 0

Fax: +49 40 37 09 05 55


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