Arbitration Legal Services
Arbitration is increasingly popular as an alternative means to resolve family disputes, both in respect of financial and children matters.
The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) launched the financial scheme in February 2012 and then in 2016 IFLA published revised rules enabling specified children disputes to be resolved by arbitration.
Arbitration can be embarked upon at the outset of a matter or run alongside and in parallel with court-based litigation. An independent arbitrator is chosen by the parties and appointed either to determine a specific issue or to resolve the proceedings entirely, and this determination is final and binding (with the award then converted into an order of the court).
There are several benefits to arbitration - it is confidential, and it can be much more flexible (in terms of forum and structure) as well as being faster than the court timetable. It is therefore growing in popularity and prominence.
Our arbitration expertise
Our team have extensive experience in arbitrating matters and William Longrigg is a trained arbitrator. We were also involved in one of the leading cases on arbitration in family law, in A v A (Arbitration Guidance)  EWHC 1889 which established the procedure to be followed following an arbitral award being made.
Arbitration is not suitable in all cases and our team can advise you further regarding this, and other dispute resolution options.
Meet our arbitration lawyers
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Children & Parental Disputes
We are well positioned to advise you on the best options for your children’s particular circumstances.
Divorce & Finances
Our family law specialists give clear advice on all financial aspects of divorce.
Family Mediation & Dispute Resolution
We advise on and offer several forms of dispute resolution, with each having their own merits.
International Family Law
No matter where you are based, our approach is supportive with a fast turnaround time where required.
Parentage, Fertility Law & Surrogacy
We care about families in all their forms. Problematically for families, the law on parentage does not join up internationally.
Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements & Wealth Protection
We are recognised as being experts in the field of negotiating and drafting marital agreements.
Unmarried Couples & Financial Claims for Children
Our role is to advise you on how to obtain the best outcome, irrespective of your situation