Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is designed to serve as a basis for further and fuller negotiations, or, at the very least, help parties avoid further unnecessary stages in litigation. It is normally non-binding on the parties, who do not need to accept the evaluation.
The opportunity to use ENE can arise in a number of ways:
Parties interested in using the expertise of a respected evaluator can apply to CEDR to appoint an independent person who expresses an opinion on the merits of the issues specified by them. This opinion is non-binding but provides an unbiased evaluation on relative positions and guidance as to the likely outcome should the case be heard in court.
For more information on the ENE process please see Resources below.
ENE has a wide range of commercial applications, including:
CEDR can assist by:
CEDR Dispute Resolution panel members who can act as evaluators include: