Family Law Arbitration in Leeds, Sheffield & York

Proceedings in the family court can be frustratingly lengthy, costly and inflexible. This is one of the reasons why family arbitration has seen its popularity increase over recent years as it aims to help couples following a breakdown of their relationship sort issues out quickly and cost-effectively whilst providing flexibility.

Arbitration works by both parties, usually with their solicitors, agreeing to jointly appoint an arbitrator to make decisions for them, in a similar way that a Judge in the family court would. The parties would then provide the arbitrator with all the relevant information and put forwards their legal arguments before they make their decision. The decision made by the Arbitrator is binding.

The process is flexible because you and your former partner can:

  • Choose who you appoint as an arbitrator making sure they have the necessary level of expertise.
  • Agree that the arbitrator would only make decisions limited to specific issues, such as how the proceeds of sale of the family home should be divided or which school your children should go to. This means you are not wasting time and money discussing issues that have already been agreed upon or are not considered to be relevant.
  • Dictate the timetable, unlike in court proceedings. This means you can avoid the delays of waiting for court hearings and make sure the meetings are at a time and location that is convenient for you.
  • Agree that the arbitrator should consider the issues in writing or arrange a meeting with you and solicitors, with the arbitrator, similar but less formal than court proceedings.

Arbitration can be used for cases involving disputes about the division of property and finances following the breakdown of a relationship and can also be used in most matters involving children. It can be used as part of divorce proceedings or for unmarried couples.

Our family solicitors can support, advise and represent you through Arbitration. To discuss this further, contact one of our experts today.

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Lupton Fawcett’s experienced team of Family Law Out of Court Resolution Specialists can help facilitate Family arbitration to settle family matters quickly, smoothly and with great cost efficiencies. To find the right solution to whatever challenges face your family or relationship, we are on hand to guide you throughout what can be difficult and emotive discussions and decisions.  To speak to a member of our team, contact us by phone today or fill out our enquiry form and we will be in touch.

Lupton Fawcett’s teams are leading family law specialists in Yorkshire and are based out of our office in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times.  Within every area of law, we put your interests first.

We provide a personalised service, with specialised expertise and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our Family Lawyers act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly.  We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.

I cannot recommend Lupton Fawcett enough, I have just been through a very complicated and high conflict financial divorce but throughout the whole experience Richard Buckley and Chris Burns were always on hand to give reassurance, incredibly sound advice and straightforward explanations when things got difficult. For anyone who finds themselves in a difficult situation I highly recommend this firm, it’s the best decision you’ll make.

Nicola Shuttleworth

I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to various financial issues which arose following the breakdown of my marriage. My case involved a dispute with my former husband over the ownership and occupation of a significant property with adjacent land. Chris steered me through the process of resolving this. Despite resistance from my former husband, Chris advised me with a determined focus and provided me with clear and pragmatic advice throughout the process and achieved my objective within the proceedings.


It’s rare to come across someone like Chris (Burns), absolutely clued up in his area, pragmatic and direct, yet supportive and respectful. As clients, he guided us through the process, quickly picking out what was important, remaining focused on the end game and delivering more than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to recommend Chris.


I would highly recommend Richard (Buckley) at Lupton Fawcett. He understood the difficult and sensitive nature of divorce and was reassuring and professional throughout. He explained the process clearly from the start and was always quick to respond

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'Chris Burns – experienced, capable, easy to talk to, provides an all round specialised knowledge of family work.‘

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‘Andy Smith is a fantastic professional and takes pride in his work. He has helped provide guidance on numerous occasions on legal issues to clients of mine and has not engaged in work where it was not needed.‘

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