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 31, 2018

Happy retirement Sir Peter, champio...

We are very sad to report that Sir Peter Singer, one of the founders of FamilyArbitrator, has announced his retirement from practice as an...

July 5, 2018

New Children Rules and Form ARB1CS

New IFLA Children Scheme Rules (the 3rd edition) and a new ARB1CS (application for children arbitration) came into force on 1 July. The ARB1CS can be...

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...