Sir Peter Singer

Mr Justice Singer since his retirement from the Family Division High Court Bench has returned as an Associate Member of the Chambers from which he practised as Peter Singer QC before appointment.

Sir Peter is available to accept instructions to conduct private Financial Dispute Resolution meetings in parallel with financial disputes proceeding in English courts, and in cases in other jurisdictions where comparable procedures obtain.

He will also act in a non-representative capacity as an independent and neutral Family Dispute Resolution Facilitator in both domestic and cross-border child, financial and forum disputes of all types. He is a Resolution-trained mediator with a particular interest in and practical judicial experience of Hague Convention abduction cases as well as those involving non-convention countries and relocation disputes generally. He has trained in collaborative law procedures where his experience may be called upon to assist to resolve impasse or deadlock situations.

Sir Peter has been accredited as an arbitrator and is thus qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to conduct arbitrations in accordance with the IFLA Scheme Rules.

He is also in a privileged position to provide an expert and authoritative opinion or to give evidence for the assistance of foreign courts applying or requiring evidence of English domestic law in family disputes of any description.

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Until 1993 he practised at the Bar for 25 years (appointed QC in 1987) from these Chambers (then at 1 Mitre Court Buildings) principally throughout England and Wales but also abroad, in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. His practice was virtually exclusively in relation to family cases, with an emphasis on matrimonial finance. In 1991 he became Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association, and was before appointment to the Bench in 1993 a Vice-President of the European Chapter of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He retired from the Family Division High Court Bench in November 2010, and re-joined Chambers in January 2011 as a Family Dispute Resolution Facilitator.

Throughout his 18 years on the Family Division Bench Sir Peter was predominantly involved with family cases with an international dimension, post-separation finance, and disputes concerning children and their welfare.

From 2000 he was a member of the Family Justice Council’s International Family Law Committee. He continues to be a frequent contributor via lectures and discussions on family-law related topics (but especially Child Abduction, Forced Marriage and Cross-Border Family Dispute Mediation) at domestic and international conferences and seminars. These include regular participation in conferences in South Africa and France since 1999, and in Washington, The Hague, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Dubai.

In January 2003 he was one of the UK judges taking part in the first Anglo-Pakistan Judicial Conference on Family Law Issues, held in London with a 7-strong delegation of senior judges from Pakistan. In September 2003 he participated in the follow-up conference in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. In January 2005 he led an FCO-organised goodwill and fact-finding mission to Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir, investigating the operation of the Protocol.

He was a member of the working party which prepared the Practice Guide to the Revised Brussels II Regulation, published under the auspices of the European Commission. He is the United Kingdom representative on a European Union working party considering means to promote the use of international family mediation.

He has been since its creation a member of the editorial board which produces the Family Law Bar Association’s publication At a Glance: Essential Court Tables for Ancillary Relief (now in its 22nd annual edition); and is one of the creators of and a contributor to both its companion software program @eGlance, and to the Duxbury calculator Capitalise.

Sir Peter is a member of the Family Law Bar Association; Resolution; the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; the Centre for Family Law and Practice; Collaborative Family Law; and GEMME, the European Association of Judges for Mediation.

Sir Peter speaks fluent French, and modest German.