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Live Webinars | "Ask the Arbitrators"

Join us for a two part series when our live panel of Arbitrators, part of, will consider, discuss and debate topical questions relating to the experience, operation and future of the IFLA Children & Financial Schemes. Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th April | 1-2pm

  • This 2-part series is designed to give attendees the opportunity to "Ask the Arbitrators". More information about the Arbitrators and their aim can be found at

    The webinars will give attendees the opportunity to "Ask the Arbitrators". The panellists welcome any suggested questions, which can be submitted in advance to Class Legal (via or Andrzej Bojarski for Part 1 - Children (via or Tom Carter for Part 2 - Finance (via

    Part 1 | Children Arbitration Scheme

    Wednesday 28th April 2021 | 1pm-2pm

    Chair: Andrzej Bojarski36 FamilyPanellists: Hannah Markham QC36 FamilyClaire Heppenstall, 1GC Family LawBarbara CorbettCorbett Le Quesne & Will Tyler QC36 Family.

    An example of questions to be considered for debate:

    1. What can family lawyers do to counter the actions of a party who is tactically refusing to arbitrate simply in order to entrench a childcare "status quo"? Does s1(3)(f), CA 1989 assist in seeking to promote a speedy outcome via arbitration?

    2. Similarly and holding in mind the Family Solutions Initiative (aka "Surrey Initiative") can the advocate ask the court, short on time at the FHDRA, to adjourn into arbitration interim arrangements for contact – Is the court hamstrung by the requirement for the parties' agreement or does the non-compliant party risk judicial notice of the capability of the parent to meet the child's needs?

    3. What are the panellists' preferred means for unlocking the log-jam in determining which arbitrator to appoint to deal with a case?


    Part 2 | Financial Arbitration Scheme

    Thursday 29th April | 1pm-2pm

    Chair: Tom Carter1 Hare CourtPanellists: Nichola Gray QC, 1 Hare Court; Paul Infield36 FamilyKarin WalkerKGW Family Law & Gavin Smith1 Hare Court.

    An example of questions to be considered for debate:

    1. What are the issues – and dangers – that arise with litigants in person?

    2. Where parties want to remain in the court arena for the substantive dispute, can you still safely and reliably arbitrate case-management questions? Or will the court just do its own thing?

    3. What do parties need to think about when they are defining their issues for arbitration? Can they change their minds mid-way through the arbitration?


    The Panellists

    Hannah Markham QC

    Hannah is a leading silk and arbitrator specialising in childcare law. She is joint head of the Children Team at 36 Family, Vice Chair of the FLBA and Chair of Women in Family Law. Her practice encompasses cases with the most serious of issues, including domestic abuse, alienation and emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse and those with international and complicated relocation disputes.

    Claire Heppenstall

    Claire is a leading junior barrister at 1GC Family Law, specialising in both family finance and children disputes. As an arbitrator, she is qualified to take on both private children and financial remedies cases, affording her clients the opportunity to have all aspects of their separation dealt with comprehensively.

    Barbara Corbett

    Barbara is a Jersey Advocate and English Solicitor with huge experience as a family lawyer. She is the Senior Partner at Corbett Le Quesne. Barbara is a collaborative lawyer, mediator, family arbitrator and international family lawyer. Many of her cases involve complex international and cross-jurisdictional issues.

    Will Tyler QC

    Will is joint Head of Chambers at 36 Family. His caseload often involves the most high-profile and complicated private and public law children cases, especially those with an international element. In addition to being an arbitrator, his appointments include Deputy High Court Judge and Deemster and High Bailiff of the Isle of Man. He also sits on the Family Procedure Rules Committee.

    Andrzej Bojarski

    Andrzej is a barrister, mediator (civil and family) and family law arbitrator, practising at 36 Family. He has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Andrzej has considerable experience as an arbitrator and writes and lectures extensively on English family law. He is a co-founder of

    Paul Infield

    Paul is a barrister, mediator and arbitrator at 36 Family. He specialises in all areas of family finance including financial remedies, cohabitation and TLATA 1996 disputes and claims under the Inheritance (etc.) Act 1975. He is a bencher of the Inner Temple. Paul was amongst the first barristers to qualify as an arbitrator under the IFLA Financial Scheme.

    Karin Walker

    Karin, founding partner of KGW Family Law, is a hugely respected family lawyer, well known for her work as solicitor, mediator, collaborative lawyer and arbitrator. She is dual-qualified under the IFLA Children and Finance Schemes, providing clients with a single arbitral arena in which to determine their family disputes.

    Gavin Smith

    Gavin is a barrister at 1 Hare Court. He is an experienced financial arbitrator and has been involved in a number of the leading cases in family arbitration law. Gavin is also a mediator, private FDR judge and a Deputy District Judge, authorised to sit in the Financial Remedies Courts where he is 'ticketed' to hear complex cases. He co-edits At A Glance, co-writes Financial Remedies Practice and is a co-founder of

    Nichola Gray QC

    Nichola has been ranked as a leading barrister in family finances cases for many years and in 2021 was appointed QC. Her practice at 1 Hare Court stretches across the full range of complex financial disputes, including those under TLATA 1996 and Sch. 1, CA 1989. In addition to her litigation and arbitration work, Nichola is also often instructed as tribunal at "private" FDRs.

    Tom Carter

    Tom is a barrister practising from 1 Hare Court. He specialises in all forms of family financial dispute. Since 2020, Tom's practice has been focussed solely on non-court dispute resolution. Alongside his work as an arbitrator under the IFLA financial scheme, Tom is regularly instructed jointly by parties to sit as tribunal within the "private" FDR process.

News, published: 08/04/2021

Published: 08/04/2021


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