Round Table Meetings

If you feel that a round table meeting will be a beneficial way of resolving a dispute, JMW is here to provide expert advice and to help you through the process. We are experienced in providing guidance on such matters and setting up meetings of this type, and can make sure you are in the very best position to get what you want from the discussions.

To find out more about round table meetings and how they can help to successfully resolve a variety of commercial disputes, contact JMW on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Our team will advise you on our services and how they could be of use to you.  

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Why Choose JMW?

If you become involved in a dispute and feel that you and your opponent may benefit from a round table meeting, the commercial litigation solicitors at JMW are here to help. We can assist in the setting up of the meeting and will provide the expert guidance you need throughout proceedings.

We are renowned for our professionalism and communication and will keep you updated throughout your dealings with us, giving you the peace of mind that everything is going as it should be and that you have the best opportunity of securing the outcome you are after.

Our dynamic team has evolved to become one of the North West's single biggest office litigation departments and our expert solicitors are able to take on even the most complex cases. 

Round Table Meetings Explained

A round table meeting is a form of alternative dispute resolution and can be used by parties involved in all manner of cases. Using alternative dispute resolutions can be cheaper and swifter than legal action, and can help to avoid court proceedings.

The basic format of a round table meeting is that the parties involved in a dispute, with or without their legal representation, and without an independent third party, attend a meeting to discuss the dispute and try to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution. The clue is in the name - all parties meet around a table - with the aim of agreeing on an outcome that is beneficial to all parties involved.

During the course of a round table meeting, the parties can agree to spend time alone with their legal representatives to discuss their case, in addition to being in the same room as the other party.

Round table meetings are commonly conducted on a 'without prejudice' basis, which means that the content of the meetings cannot be referred to in any subsequent court proceedings; the benefit of this is that the parties can take a more candid approach to negotiations at the meeting, without fear of comments being referred to at a later date. They are intended to be non-confrontational and cost-effective. You will sit with your solicitor by your side to make sure everything runs smoothly and to give you the best chance of securing a satisfactory outcome. 


There are various advantages of choosing a round table discussion as a form of alternative dispute resolution and these include:

  • It can be less costly than mediations, adjudications or arbitrations because the parties are not paying a third party for their time
  • It can be more quickly arranged than mediations, adjudications or arbitrations because the availability of the third party is not an issue
  • It can achieve a settlement of a dispute with minimal cost
  • It is useful when the parties involved are keen to settle a dispute and are pragmatic about the concessions they may have to make to do so
  • Even if the parties do not resolve their dispute, they can 'boil down' the dispute to the decisive points of disagreement ,which can aid the sensible progression of the matter in another way


There are also a number of disadvantages to holding round table meetings as a form of resolution, which include:

  • The absence of an independent third party can prevent the parties from looking at their case in an objective manner, causing them to remain entrenched in their position
  • If a resolution isn't reached, the costs incurred in conducting a round table meeting may be lost
  • The lack of formality may result in one or both parties failing to take the process seriously

Talk to Us

Speak to our team today to find out more about round table meetings and their benefits, and to learn more about how we can assist you. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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