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'I stress … that if parties wish, at their own expense, to litigate to their hearts' content, with thousands and thousands of pages of documents, there is a mechanism available to them known as private arbitration. … It is simply not tolerable that we go on and on affording to people like [the parties in that case] an estimated eight days of court time on a dispute that ultimately is measured in something not exceeding about £500,000.'Thus these top money judges are certainly conducting and directing from the same song sheet, and of course there are others very likely to strike up and add their voice to the chorus of dissatisfied disconsent with entrenched pre-PD practices. Their suggestion that arbitration is a refuge for those determined to keep undeterred to their trench does however strike an initially counter-intuitive chord for an IFLA arbitrator trained to pare down and reduce the range of the paperwork.
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