Introduction to arbitration
Just as you might opt-out of the state system for education or healthcare and use the private system, increasingly, couples are making the same choice for their financial claims on divorce. In arbitration you choose a judge from a range of qualified arbitrators with the appropriate expertise. You can control the timetable and location of proceedings and get things done relatively quickly, rather than relying on the over-crowded court diary that can extend cases for years. Arbitration also allows you to keep your divorce proceedings private, with absolute power to exclude the media that the courts do not have.
Arbitration is already standard practice for commercial litigation, and is now becoming more generally used by ordinary people who want speed, privacy and to be able jointly to choose a judge they know will have the expertise for their case. For more details please see our guide to arbitration.
How Vardags can help with your arbitration?
Vardags has been at the forefront of family law firm arbitration since its beginning. We led the way in having concluding the first family law arbitration in 2011, involving a member of a foreign royal family, and it is a central pillar of our work. We can provide a package whereby we recommend lawyers on the other side from another magic circle firm who are geared up to do it, or work with the lawyers your spouse has. We will work with them to appoint an arbitrator who is able to grasp the complexity of your case – usually a former High Court judge who has moved into the private sector. We will use our corporate knowledge and legal expertise to ensure that the evidence is properly investigated and presented. We will help you find a suitable location for your arbitration so you can have it all happen in civilised surroundings. Finally, we will draft a comprehensive and binding arbitration agreement which means that your result is enforceable.
The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.