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June/July 2020

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20 TOP 10 ARBITRATION CHAMBERS ADR Chambers Toronto ADR Chambers was founded in 1994. It is the largest private alternative dispute resolution company in the world, having administered more than 55,000 arbitrations and mediations over the last seven years. ADR Chambers has more than 55 neutrals who conduct arbitra- tions and mediations across Canada and internationally. It has regular arbitration rules and expedited arbitration rules for faster and less expensive arbitration. On top of arbitration and mediation, ADR Chambers offers construction adjudication, ADR systems design, coaching, fairness monitoring, ombuds, neutral evaluation, training, workplace investigation and other services. Alternative Resolution Group Toronto AR Group was formed in 2000 as a boutique arbitration and mediation firm providing dispute resolution services in the personal injury field. Its initial areas of focus included tort, accident benefits and LTD claims. When Shari Novick joined founding member Guy Jones in 2001, the firm expanded its focus to include similar services in the field of labour and employment law. Jones and Novick have each conducted thousands of mediations throughout Ontario. They are both actively involved in conducting private arbitrations between insurers in priority disputes and loss transfer cases. Novick also conducts griev- ance arbitrations under collective agreements, adjudications under the Canada Labour Code and workplace investigations. Amicus Chambers Toronto Amicus Chambers is a collaborative group of retired judges of the Ontario Superior Court. Extensive judicial experience leads it to independent practices that create distinctive and innovative dispute resolutions. Amicus members manage complex matters efficiently and effectively through all levels of the Top 10 Arbitration Chambers (listed alphabetically) HOW WE DID IT Last year, Canadian Lawyer asked lawyers, in-house counsel and clients from across Canada to vote on the top arbitration chambers. They were asked to rank their top firms from a preliminary list, with a chance to nominate a firm that was not included on the list. To be considered in the vote, firms were required to have at least 80 per cent of their business come from arbitration. The final rankings were determined through a points system, in which firms were rewarded on a sliding scale for the number of first to 10th-place votes received. The quantitative results are combined with feedback from respected senior members of the bar and in-house counsel when applicable. For a full description of our methodology, visit method retired judges get — are things that started in the court system and people have come to us because the process was too slow or someone is using delay tactics that are inherent in the court process to delay it," says Campbell. "People want the management that comes from judges that are used to managing cases." Since joining Amicus Chambers in 2013, Campbell has presided over more than 100 arbitration disputes, principally as a sole arbitrator in domestic issues. As the pandemic evolves, arbitrators anticipate a continued demand for their services. "Everybody wants the cash flow to be ongoing," says Richler. "Nobody wants to put their pencil down and do nothing for six months. Human activity will get back to where it was, and arbitration will be busy because of the overloaded court system."

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