Advantages and Disadvantages of Conciliation

All advantages and disadvantages that you need to know for the LAW01 exam should you choose to answer questions on civil courts and ADR.

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  • Created on: 29-03-16 11:10

Advantages and Disadvantages of Conciliation


  • The conciliator is normally a legal expert in the disputed field
  • The process is private so no risk of damage to reputation
  • The parties reserve the right to go to court if they are not happy with the outcome
  • The process is flexible with a time and date set to suit the parties
  • Suitable if parties are entrenched
  • Cheaper than taking the dispute to court
  • The process is informal so parties should not feel out of their comfort zone


  • The process is not legally binding
  • No decision is guaranteed at the end
  • The process could be considered too informal so parties may not take it seriously
  • No appeals
  • No legal aid


In the LAW01 exam, you won't need to write an evaluation. You merely need to state the advantages on one side, and then the disadvantages with no concluding comments. The question may only ask for advantages or disadvantages, in which case, only answer what it is asking. The examiner will not expect the other side as no concluding comments are needed. You only have 10 minutes per question so don't waste time!


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