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Family Arbitration


3DJB offers Family Arbitration in both financial and children cases, conducted in accordance with the rules of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Family arbitration is a positive alternative to formal court proceedings. It enables parties to resolve disputes more quickly, is confidential and allows the parties flexibility to choose their own arbitrator and tailor the process to their needs. 

If both parties agree to arbitration, the process is binding which creates certainty and the award (outcome) can be drawn up as a consent order to the court.

The arbitrator can deal with a wide range of issues including:

  • Divorce and civil partnership disputes under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
  • Disputes under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
  • Cases where there are serious safeguarding issues
  • Private Children law disputes involving elements such as cross border access, summary return applications, child abduction and removals from the jurisdiction
  • Children Act cases where there are serious or significant child safeguarding issues
  • Cases where a person with parental responsibility is a minor
  • Cases where a child has party status in existing proceedings relating to the same or similar issues, or where the child who is the subject of the proposed arbitration should, in the opinion of the arbitrator, be separately represented in the arbitration.
  • Cases where any party lacks capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

The arbitrator will be one of our specialist Barristers. 3DJB has the facility to hold an arbitration in Chambers, providing a neutral setting for both parties. 

Please contact our clerks for further information at


Judith Mayhew

Call 2000


"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerks and admin staff are excellent and always go over and beyond to assist."


"The cohesive clerking team in Chambers have a combined depth of experience which is second to none."


"Impressive skills to handle intractable and challenging divorce and financial remedy cases."


"Chambers has a dedicated and professional clerking team. They are able to deal with any enquiry and are most helpful and reassuring" 


"They have a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers who deal with high net worth financial work and can handle any type of children work." 


"James Doble has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right barrister for the right case. He leads his team meticulously." 


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