Event held to mark new Family Law Arbitration Scheme

News Release

27 Mar 2012

On Monday 26 March 2012 the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) marked the launch of the new Family Law Arbitration Scheme at an evening reception at the Inner Temple, which was addressed by the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.

The Scheme and the IFLA is the result of collaboration between the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), Resolution, and the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform (CCFLR).

In 2012, IFLA launched a scheme to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration. Arbitration under the scheme is conducted under the family arbitration Rules which have been developed by IFLA for the scheme. This means divorcing couples can agree to appoint their own arbitrator, or have the IFLA select one for them from its panel of approved arbitrators.

The scheme covers: financial disputes arising from divorce; claims on inheritance from a child, spouse etc; financial claims made in England and Wales after a divorce abroad; claims for child maintenance between unmarried parents; disputes about ownership of a property between cohabiting couples and civil partnership financial claims. Disputes will be resolved exclusively by applying the laws of England and Wales, in the same way as the Family Courts.

Lord Falconer, who chairs the IFLA, said:

“Arbitration has a long history in certain areas. For example, many commercial and construction contracts provide for dispute resolution in this way. Arbitration in family law will be another tool in the box of methods of alternative dispute resolution. At a time when there is a need to find solutions in family disputes outside the courtroom, it is a logical next step to offer arbitration as another means of doing so.”

IFLA developed the arbitration scheme to enable parties to resolve financial disputes more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible and less formal setting than a court room. It is also expected to save court resources and reduce pressure on the already stretched family courts.


For further information, please contact:

Victoria Sutton
Communications Manager
E: victoria.sutton@resolution.org.uk

T: 020 3195 0191

Lucy Chakaodza

Communications and PR Executive


E: LChakaodza@ciarb.org

T: 020 7421 7488

W: http://www.ciarb.org/

Notes to editors

Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA)

IFLA is a not for profit organisation, created by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers’ group Resolution, in association with the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform. http://www.ifla.org.uk/

Centre for Child and Family Law Reform

A research centre of professionals and academics sponsored by the Law School of City University, London.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

CIArb is the world’s leading professional membership body for arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. A not-for-profit organisation, CIArb promotes the use of alternative dispute resolution internationally through a membership of 12,000 professionally qualified members in more than 110 countries. In addition to providing education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, CIArb acts as an international resource centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes.

The Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

FLBA is the specialist bar association which represents barristers who practise in all areas of family law. It has a membership of 2250. The FLBA is consulted by government on all areas of family law and policy. The FLBA has with the other partners been involved in the creation of a family law arbitration scheme since inception. www.flba.co.uk


Resolution, which was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is an organisation of over 6,000 lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution supports the development of family lawyers through its national and regional training programmes, through publications and good practice guides and through its accreditation scheme. Resolution also trains and accredits mediators and is the only body providing training and support for collaborative lawyers in England and Wales.