Family arbitration to take centre stage

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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…

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