Arbitration is a model of dispute resolution for family law disputes which has been available from 22 February 2012. The newly formed Institute for Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) is a collaboration between Resolution, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Centre for Child and Family Law Reform and the Family Law Bar Association. The IFLA scheme of arbitration, will be formally launched on 26 March 2012. Join arbitration trainers Suzanne Kingston and Jonathan Tecks, in this podcast to understand what arbitration is, the pros and cons of this new model of dispute resolution and how it can assist your clients.
Suzanne is widely known for her expertise in all aspects of family work, in particular the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals. Suzanne's cases often have an international element and she has considerable experience in dealing with prenuptial agreements and cohabitation issues. As a member of the Children Panel, Suzanne has dealt with numerous cases involving complicated Children Act issues as well as both child abduction and adoption. She was described in Chambers 2010 as "deal(ing) with big money cases in an intelligent and business-like manner and is much loved by her clients". Suzanne was also recommended in Spears Wealth Management 2010 and included in the Citywealth 2010 leading lawyers list. She is an accredited Resolution mediator and has a thriving mediation practice having recently undertaken a number of referrals under the Court of Appeal mediation scheme. In addition, Suzanne is a collaborative lawyer and a collaborative law trainer for Resolution. Suzanne is a Fellow of the IAML and member of both Resolution and the IACP.
Jonathan is a barrister with ArbDB Chambers (www.arbdb.com) whose practice has become exclusively associated with arbitration and mediation.
A Chartered Arbitrator, Jonathan has arbitrated extensively in commercial and construction cases. He is a panel member of the Minor Metals Trade Association though which he has experience of commodity arbitration. He has issued some 200 arbitration awards. Jonathan is co-author of a leading practitioner text on arbitration: ‘The Arbitration Act 1996 – A Commentary’ published by Blackwell, which is currently in its fourth edition.
As a mediator accredited by CEDR, Jonathan has been involved in over 30 mediations, many of which have had a construction or property orientation. He has experience of court-annexed and community mediations, as well as mainstream commercial mediations.
Jonathan has considerable experience of training arbitrators and is Associate Course Director of the Diploma in Arbitration at the College of Estate Management, Reading. He has acted as Lead Assessor in mediator accreditations for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and is currently working with the Institute to develop an arbitration scheme and train arbitrators in the area of family law.
Jonathan is a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, following his engagement there as a Principal Lecturer from 1999 – 2011. Whilst at the University, Jonathan had overall responsibility for advocacy and dispute resolution; as well as being involved in e-learning initiatives. He coached the winning team in the first UK National Mediation Skills Competition held by the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in 2011; and the team went on to represent UWE in the ICC International Mediation Skills Competition in Paris.
Whilst at UWE, Jonathan acted as external examiner for the Bar Professional Training Course at Cardiff University between 2008 and 2011.
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