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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.

Past Master James Mackie (1999-2000)
1st October 1926 – 1st November 2016
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Past Master James Mackie (Master 1999-2000) passed away on 1st November 2016 as a consequence of injuries sustained in a car accident; the Company had been delighted not only to have marked his 90th birthday a month earlier but also to have seen him (accompanied by his longstanding companion, Ann Fitchett) at the Installation Dinner only six days before when he was presented, to enthusiastic acclaim and very warm applause, with his new-style PM's Badge to which he responded with a gracious and witty speech, his last public one after many decades thereof  ...Read the full tribute

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators

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.