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Carol Service at St Mary le Bow

The annual service on 18 December was again shared with the WC of Furniture Makers with whose Wardens and Master we shared the six lessons.  Music was provided on the magnificent organ by Alan Wilson and by the St Genesius Choir, conducted by Nikolas Clarke.  The Choir,  all barristers, was our own contribution to the service and sang beautifully, making full use of St Mary's very full acoustic.  The Rev George Bush gave a seasonal address and the whole company retired to the Furniture Makers' Hall in Austin Friars where the choir again entertained over wine and refreshments.  A  very fitting lead up to Christmas.

Arbitration Seminar at Keating Chambers

Over 60 participants attended the now annual seminar on 16 December on How to Develop your Arbitration Practice, organised by Liveryman Dr Robert Gaitskell QC.  Participants were welcomed by Paul Darling QC, Head of Chambers, and by the Master.  Speakers included Keisha Williams of the LCIA and Anthony Abrahams of CIArb.  Andrew Wilson of ICC UK, although indisposed, sent in his contribution which Robert presented. Two hours of lively discussion was rounded off by drinks, canapes and net-working. An excellent evening was the general verdict.

Visit to Mansion House

On 26 November the Masters of the 12 member companies of the Financial Services Group met the new Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow, to present the Group's new Manifesto, which sets out its aims, including the promotion of UK financial, professional ,maritime and associated business services industries and expertise of the City of London.

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 their role 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.

New Court Installed

On Tuesday 28 October 2014 in the magnificent surroundings of the Painters' Hall John Uff, Michael Goodridge and Matthew Bastone were installed as Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden respectively. Their profiles follow below.

Pictured from left to right: Michael Goodridge, Hilary Goodridge, John Uff, Diana Uff,
Susan Bastone and Matthew Bastone.

Prof John Uff, Master

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, Senior 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.

Matthew Bastone, Junior Warden

Matthew is a chartered quantity surveyor with a career in construction spanning more than twenty five years, originally as a trainee with John Laing and progressing, ultimately, to the position of Commercial Director with two national contractors before re-qualifying in 1997 and setting up in practice as an arbitrator, adjudicator and expert witness. He is a past Chairman of the RICS Berks, Bucks and Oxon QS Division and the CIArb Thames Valley Branch.

Arbitration Competition 16-18 January 2015

Over the weekend of 16-18 January 2015, we will be holding our Arbitration Competition for students. The competition will take place at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP at London Bridge. The weekend will revolve around a mock arbitration at which the students will act as the legal teams for the Claimant and Respondent.