Family Arbitration is another form of Dispute Resolution offered by 1KBW in financial and children cases, conducted in accordance with the rules of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. In a family arbitration, the parties appoint an arbitrator to determine a dispute on such terms as they may agree: for example, they may require that the arbitrator hears evidence, or determines the dispute on paper. The arbitrator prepares a written decision (‘the Award’) which, save in exceptional cases, will be made into a court order on an expedited basis (S v S [2014] EWHC 7 (Fam)).

The process affords complete privacy and allows for disputes to be resolved quickly, and without the delays and uncertainty of litigation.

We presently have four members of chambers who are Finance Arbitrators and five who are Children Arbitrators, all of whom are Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and many of whom also sit as part-time judges. 1KBW can also accommodate the arbitration within our London based chambers.

If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of 1KBW’s Arbitrators then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our clerking team on 

Finance Arbitrators

Chris Pocock QC MCIArb
James Roberts QC MCIArb
Harry Oliver QC MCIArb
Alexander Chandler MCIArb

Children Arbitrators

HH John Altman MCIArb
Caroline Budden MCIArb
Markanza Cudby MCIArb
Nicola Fox MCIArb | | 020 7936 1500 | Copyright 1 King's Bench Walk 2020

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COVID-19 and the operation of Chambers: important information for our clients and contacts


As part of 1KBW’s continuing commitment to overcome the challenges presented by the present situation 1KBW has fully implemented a stellar video-conferencing and remote hearing facility. We can confirm that it is fully operational both for court and private hearings.


Joining a remote court hearing, conference or private FDR, whether as a lawyer or as a Judge, is very simple: You simply ‘click on a link’. There is no need to subscribe to any software or download any ‘app’. We simply email a link to participants, and with one click each participant can join the video conference or hearing.

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