Insights | February 9, 2021

The sixth edition of the Roschier Disputes Index is published

The Roschier Disputes Index focuses on prevailing practices and trends in dispute resolution in the Nordics. The newest edition, published on 9 February 2021, also explores digitalization, diversity and the impact of the pandemic.

The survey charts the preferred dispute resolution methods, arbitration rules and substantive laws, the disputes the companies actually have in practice, and the best way to manage these disputes. New topics for this year’s edition are diversity, digitalization and, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 survey also charts the impact of COVID-19 on the field of dispute resolution.

Key findings in the Roschier Disputes Index 2021:

  • Arbitration remains the preferred method of dispute overall, with a general increase in the preference.
  • The majority of disputes in which Nordic companies are involved are international in nature.
  • Diversity is considered more in the choice of a law firm than in the choice of an arbitrator.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is a factor that has started to impact upon companies’ resolution of disputes, with Finnish companies so far noting the greatest change.
  • Close to half of the respondent companies have experienced videoconference facilities or other similar remote facilities for the taking of witness evidence or expert evidence.

The Roschier Disputes Index is a Nordic market survey conducted by Roschier in close cooperation with Kantar Sifo Prospera. The results are based on in-depth interviews with general counsel and in-house counsel at the largest companies in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Telephone interviews were conducted between April and September 2020.

299 companies were included in the survey and 146 companies (49%) participated.