Family arbitration to take centre stage
Eighteen months after inception, family arbitration is now firmly up and running in England and Wales. Suzanne Kingston MCIArb, who was instrumental in setting up the scheme and one of the trainers of the new team of family arbitrators, has seen an increase in enquiries about this innovative form of dispute resolution.
Arbitration is an attractive alternative to court for many clients, be they high-profile individuals seeking a discrete and confidential forum in which to resolve private family issues, international, commercially minded clients familiar with the arbitration model or pragmatic private individuals who wish to secure the assistance of a highly trained and experienced adjudicator. There are now more than 100 qualified family arbitrators in England and Wales. The qualification criteria is high — most candidates coming from the ranks of the High Court judiciary, QCs and senior solicitors.
Arbitration in family law can be used to resolve all financial and property issues, but perhaps it is the fact that it is quick and cost effective that makes it the most innovative and increasingly popular dispute resolution option within the family law arena…
Click on the link below to read the rest of the Withers briefing.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from Withers
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from Withers
22 April 2014 marked ‘the largest reform of the family justice system any of us have seen or will see in our professional lifetimes’, according to the president of the Family Division.
Withers’ Graham Elliott discusses the points he found most interesting from this year’s Charity Tax Group annual meeting.
Analysis from The Lawyer
A merged Withers and Speechly Bircham would have scaled The Lawyer’s UK 200 with a turnover of about £170m, and created one of the world’s largest specialist private client teams. So what went wrong?