Welcome to FamilyArbitrator

FamilyArbitrator aims to promote informed understanding of family arbitration principles and to encourage the spread of arbitration as a form of private dispute resolution in financial and child related family cases.

FamilyArbitrator was established by Sir Peter Singer, Gavin Smith and Rhys Taylor, and we have since been joined by Andrzej Bojarski, James Pirrie and Felicity Shedden. We are all experienced family law specialists, qualified arbitrators and Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, available to help resolve financial disputes of all types, and some private law child related, by making awards under the IFLA family law arbitration Scheme.

As parties to a family arbitration you can:

  • Choose your own arbitrator
  • Select which issues you agree to arbitrate
  • Conduct the dispute at your own speed
  • Retain your existing legal advisors
  • Keep in control of the process
  • Be assured of total confidentiality


Take a look at our latest blog posts
February 20, 2018

Agreements to arbitrate – looking...

The arbitration agreements most often encountered by family practitioners are the IFLA Scheme's ARB1FS (money and property disputes) and ARB1CS...

December 6, 2017

President’s Practice Guidance: St...

On 30 November 2017 Sir James Munby issued this Practice Guidance which includes reformulated versions of the arbitration-specific standard court...

September 20, 2017

The International Family Law Arbitr...

As richly demonstrated by a number of recent well-publicised cases, ‘forum’ disputes, where an estranged couple are unable to agree which...

May 5, 2017

Arbitration v litigation

In their article “Arbitration v litigation”, published in February 2017’s Counsel magazine, Janet Bazley QC and Gavin Smith outlined the...