St Ives Chambers was the first set of chambers in Birmingham and the West Midlands to offer this innovative service, through Andrew Day MCIArb and Matthew Maynard MCIArb, the region’s first specialist family law barristers to qualify under the scheme.

Arbitration is a form of private dispute resolution in which the parties to a dispute agree to obtain a final, binding determination from a jointly appointed, family law specialist.

In an age of austerity – when litigating through traditional routes is increasingly expensive, uncertain and, of course, beset with delay – arbitration offers an affordable and reliable alternative to ensure that disputes are resolved quickly, fairly and at proportionate cost.

Arbitration offers numerous significant benefits when compared to traditional litigation, including the opportunity for the parties:

  • To handpick an experienced family law specialist arbitrator, at the outset, to deal with their dispute continuously from beginning to end;
  • To choose where, when and on what timetable their dispute should be determined;
  • To set their own procedural and evidential parameters, including as to:
    • The nature and extent of the financial disclosure required; and
    • The nature and extent of any hearing
  • To include as much or as little material in the hearing bundle as is appropriate to the particular case;
  • To deal singly with discreet issues, at either an interim or final stage; and
  • To agree how any issues regarding costs should be approached by the arbitrator.

For hearings conducted in chambers, we are pleased to be able to offer excellent facilities, including:

  • A large, comfortable hearing room, appropriately configured for the given hearing;
  • Extensive private conference facilities;
  • Refreshments; and
  • Video link facilities

For further information regarding the services offered by Chambers, please contact Ross Hands, Practice Manager, or Catherine Merry, Assistant Practice Manager, for the Family Finance team, or our individual arbitrators directly.

For further information on arbitration generally, or to download guides for the scheme for practitioners and lay clients and other resources, please visit the IFLA website