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.
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.