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, Felicity Shedden, Janet BazleyBarbara Corbett and Karin Walker. 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
July 28, 2020

Arbitration and the court process: ...

Introduction When the IFLA arbitration scheme commenced in February 2012 it was initially confined to dealing only with the main species of...

October 16, 2019

Correcting an award: how far can th...

How far can an arbitrator go in 'correcting' his or her award after its formal delivery? This was the main issue addressed in H v W EWHC 1897...

June 17, 2019

Up to the challenge?: BC v BG [2019...

The judgment in BC v BG reminds users of the IFLA scheme that arbitration is a distinct – and also complete scheme focused on efficiency, with...

April 1, 2019

CM v CM [2019] EWFC 16

Mr Justice Moor commends the use of arbitration to decide the wording of a letter of instruction to an expert and similar issues In a judgment...