Early Neutral Evaluation Services
CEDR has access to neutrals who can provide parties with a preliminary assessment of facts, evidence or legal merits. This process, commonly known as Early Neutral Evaluation, or 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.
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.
- Advise you on the most appropriate evaluator for your dispute
- Give guidance on likely costs
- Appoint the neutral of your choice or select one for you
- Provide support and guidance during the process
We can also offer follow-up assisted negotiation or independent chairing where helpful.
What do CEDR offer?
CEDR can assist by proposing suitable experts to act as the early neutral evaluator. We will also handle all aspects of the early neutral evaluation arrangements. These include arranging document exchange, administrating funds, resolving procedural difficulties and providing support and guidance to the parties and the neutral as required.
CEDR Dispute Resolution panel members include:
- Loss adjusters
- Queens Counsel
- Retired Judges
How much does it cost?
CEDR's fee for providing this service is £3,000.00+VAT shared equally between the parties. The neutral will be paid fees and expenses and their rates will vary subject to which expert is chosen. Typically hourly rates will be in a range between £250 and £600 per hour. Please contact us to discuss fees for specific neutrals or cases.
Expert determination has a wide range of commercial applications including:
- Commodity supply contracts
- Construction & Engineering disputes
- Information Communication & Technology projects
- Insurance industry
- Pension rights transfers
- Price adjustments on take-overs
- Rent reviews
- Valuation of shares in private companies
- Valuations of partners' interests in oil and gas field projects
The opportunity to use early neutral evaluation can arise in a number of ways. The parties' contract may provide for early neutral evaluation to resolve any disputes that arise, or the parties may decide to use early neutral evaluation to resolve an existing dispute in preference to the system provided by their contract. Early neutral evaluation can be chosen as the method of dispute resolution either of specific issues or of all disputes arising under a contract.
For further information on our neutrals and how you can use the services, please contact CEDR's Dispute Resolution team on +44 (0)20 7536 6060, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the secure on-line referral form.