Arbitration

CORONAVIRUS

We remain fully open to help with family law issues during the current global outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. All of our family law solicitors are working as normal using remote access technology and we can arrange appointments by telephone and video call, as an alternative to face to face meetings. We can also arrange appointments outside of normal working hours, as we understand the lockdown can make it even harder than usual to consult solicitors on sensitive family law matters

In line with current government advice, our offices in Petersfield and Midhurst remain open and operational although we are operating with a reduced staff level on the ground and only able to admit to our offices clients who have pre-booked an appointment. All of our lawyers have access to secure cloud based technologies for emails and telephone calls and video conferencing, which enable them to work remotely and conduct meetings accordingly.

You can continue to contact us, as normal, by phone, email and video conferencing and where essential pre-book a face to face meeting in the office. We remain fully committed to delivering a high level of client service, tailored to your individual needs.

Family law arbitration provides a way for couples to deal with the financial and children issues arising from a relationship breakdown, without going to court. Like a court, a family law arbitrator will decide the matter for you if you cannot, but far faster and more flexibly.

You would both need to agree to go down this route; you can then decide who the arbitrator is, what they decide, and how and when they make their decision. You can even choose how you conduct the process, which gives you a degree of control over the cost. Unlike mediation and collaborative law however, once you have started the process, the arbitrator will make a final binding decision, unless you agree your own solution .

Arbitration is not appropriate in every case, and both parties have to agree to take this route. Our family team will look carefully at your situation and help you decide if  it is the right option for you. If you do proceed, we can provide advice and support at every stage in the arbitration process. Our Tim Melville-Walker is a family law arbitrator, one of the first solicitors to qualify to conduct both financial and children arbitrations. Tim is also a veteran family solicitor and a Deputy District Judge, so has great experience of dealing with matters from both sides

To discuss a potential arbitration matter informally, in confidence and without commitment, please contact us.

Tim Melville-Walker has been excellent and a credit to your firm

I remain totally indebted to Tim Melville-Walker and Alison Odle and the team for getting me through a difficult divorce…I would recommend them 100%.

Excellent service throughout, very patient, good information at all times, easy to communicate with – friendly.

Having Tim ‘on side’ during this traumatic episode made a real difference. He was a tremendous support but at the same time kept me focussed on the main objective, i.e. obtaining a sensible outcome. This, thankfully, we did achieve.

Fantastic service I would not hesitate to recommend

Very professional and highly qualified – Tim really knows his stuff

Nisha was wonderful. Thank you!

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Emily Bower Solicitor
Emily Bull Associate Solicitor
Tim Melville-Walker Partner and Head of Family Law
Nisha Tayal Consultant Solicitor