I am a retired solicitor and former member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Recently, I was involved in a dispute which was referred for alternative dispute resolution. The adjudicator was a member of the institute. For various procedural reasons, I was told that I was not able to put my case to him directly.

I thought your readers might be interested to know that the appointee turned out to be apparently an employee of the other party to the dispute. On referring that and other irregularities to the institute, they decided that there was effectively no cause for concern.

So much for ADR as a preferred alternative to the courts.

A E Jones, Sandwich