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.

Mr Richard Buckley of Lupton Fawcett ,gave me excellent advice and help recently with a legal document .In these times when little face to face contact is possible he was always available on the phone and made the experience trouble free and very satisfactory

Clare White

"I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to my divorce and financial issues following the breakdown of my marriage. One of the key issues in the case was whether a long period of cohabitation would be factored in when considering the length of the marriage and the financial settlement I would be entitled to. During the course of the case, Chris provided me with clear and consistent advice and was able to deal robustly with the other party. I achieved an outcome I was very happy with and was very pleased with the advice and service levels which Chris and his team provided me with."


Richard Buckley represented me in, what turned out to be, highly contested court proceedings . Richard was very professional, knowledgeable and meticulous in his approach and he fought my corner when necessary. My divorce was not an easy one; it was very stressful but Richard always listened, put me at ease and took time to explain everything to me, making sure I understood his advice. He is very good at listening and keeping me on track. Richard doesn’t make me feel like a number, but a valued client. If anyone is looking for a family solicitor, I would not hesitate in recommending Richard.

Mr D Pickles

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.


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