Arbitration is a private, and privately funded, process in which disputing parties bring their issues before a trained arbitrator – usually a senior barrister. After reviewing evidence and argument, the arbitrator will provide an impartial decision, or “award” – usually within two weeks of the hearing – and once accepted, this decision becomes binding with the authority of a court ruling.

Arbitration typically allows parties to achieve a settlement more quickly than through the courts, at lower cost and with a significant degree of control over how the process will work for them. For example, parties going into arbitration may choose to focus on a single issue – a sticking point that arose during a mediation – or they may seek a decision on a range of issues. Parties also get to select their arbitrator, the location for the arbitration and in broad terms the timing of the hearing. Arbitrations may also be conducted without parties present if the parties so elect, or as shorter hearings in appropriate cases.

For these reasons – speed, privacy and cost-effectiveness – arbitration can be an extremely valuable approach in resolving family disputes involving children and financial settlements.

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At Harcourt we have six formally accredited arbitrators. All are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and are fully trained and experienced in delivering arbitration in financial and private children cases.

We can also provide facilities for hosting arbitration hearings, including an arbitration suite featuring a large room for the hearing itself and separate, private rooms for the disputing parties. We also have the technology to conduct hearings remotely.


The fixed fee is for a one day arbitration, which includes the cost of reading beforehand and writing of the award.

1 Day Fixed Fee Refresher
John Vater KC £6,000 + VAT £3,000 + VAT
Fiona Hay £5,000 + VAT £2,500 + VAT
Louise Potter £3,500 + VAT £1,750 + VAT
Margaret Styles £3,000 + VAT £1,500 + VAT
Jason Green £3,500 + VAT £1,750 + VAT
Suzanne Syme £3,000 + VAT £1,500 + VAT

For help and advice please contact our clerks.

Our clerking team is renowned for its friendly and pro-active approach.

Call: 020 7353 6961


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