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Institute of Family Law Arbitrators


Kathryn Peat of Harcus Sinclair is one of the first family law arbitrators to qualify under a new scheme, launched today by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Arbitration is a speedier alternative to court whereby the parties in dispute agree to be bound by the decision of an arbitrator and, once made, the decision is legally binding on them.  Unlike in court proceedings, the parties are entitled to choose their arbitrator and the same arbitrator will be involved from the beginning to the end of the process. Other advantages include the speed of the process, which is not limited by the court timetable; the flexibility of the scheme; and, in most cases, significant cost savings.  In addition, the proceedings are entirely confidential, unlike many family law cases taken through the courts.

Kathryn, who is also a Resolution approved mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, now offers arbitration services for a number of disputes arising from family relationships, including: financial provision on divorce or the dissolution of a Civil Partnership; financial support for children; cases arising out of property co-ownership; and Inheritance Act claims.  Kathryn has almost 30 years of experience as a family lawyer and 17 years' experience sitting as a part-time judge on the South-eastern circuit.

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