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The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators holds its annual Master's Lecture at Clyde & Co

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, the modern City Livery Company dedicated to the promotion of all forms of private dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and adjudication, held its annual Master's Lecture at Clyde & Co on Thursday 10 April 2014. The Master's Lecture was ...Read more

The UK Mediation Skills Competition 2014 Report

This Competition was held over the weekend of 17, 18, 19 January 2014 at the offices of global law firm Linklaters LLP at Silk Street in the City of London. The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators is delighted to recognize the support given by Linklaters in hosting the Competition and providing ...Read more

Mediation Skills Competition for UK Students 2014

The Company is delighted to announce that the Fourth Mediation Skills Competition for law students studying at UK universities and law schools will be held in London from Friday 17th January to Sunday 19th January 2014.  The Company is very grateful to the international law firm Linklaters ...Read more

The City of London has long been an international centre for Arbitration and dispute resolution. The Masters of the early Guilds, the forerunners of today's Livery Companies, often acted as arbitrators in disputes between guild members and between those members and their customers.

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators seeks to foster the professions of arbitration, mediation and other forms of private dispute resolution as a collegiate forum for practitioners and proponents. We aim to support the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and the Aldermen in the development of UK business and in the promotion of London and the UK as a centre for the provision of private dispute resolution services and as a source of advice and guidance internationally. There is an Annual Lecture held in the City and a Pupillage Scheme provides assistance to aspiring arbitrators. We are members of the Financial Services Group of modern Livery Companies through which we provide active support to the Lord Mayor in his rôle as ambassador for UK trade and commerce.

Through its Charity the Company provides support in the education of students in the fields of arbitration and other related forms of dispute resolution; a number of grants and bursaries are given every year.

Pictured above: John Uff (second left), Dr Derek Ross (centre) and Michael Goodridge (far right).

New Court Installed

On Tuesday 29 October 2013 in the magnificent surroundings of the Mercers' Hall Dr Derek Ross, John Uff and Michael Goodridge were installed as Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden respectively. Their profiles follow below.

Dr Derek Ross, Master

Dr Derek Ross is a chartered civil engineer, chartered arbitrator, accredited mediator, adjudicator and conciliator. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1969. He holds a PhD from that same university (1976), an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College London (2000), and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2010).

Prof John Uff, Senior Warden

John originally qualified in engineering but switched to the Bar and practised at Keating Chambers, initially as a barrister and QC and now as an arbitrator and dispute resolver. His practice has covered most parts of the world including a recent public inquiry in Trinidad. He was the founding director of the Centre of Construction Law at Kings College, London, where he continues to teach as Emeritus Professor. He served as Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2011.

Michael Goodridge, Junior Warden

Michael is a solicitor by profession, who prior to retirement specialised in family law. As a collaborative lawyer, he was involved in resolving disputes between husbands and wives without going to Court. Michael still sits as a Deputy District Judge in the London County Courts.