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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.

The UK Mediation Skills Competition 2016 Report

This Competition was held over the weekend of 15-17 January 2016 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 recognise the support given by Linklaters in hosting the Competition and providing amazing logistical support and the opening and closing receptions. The Company is also grateful to the other sponsors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which provided financial support, ArbDB, the Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Board Chambers, which provided the Competition Mugs and also supported the Competition Bar, and the Academy of Experts. The Company would also like to recognise the support of ICC in Paris in permitting the use of their Mediation Competition Rules and providing a scenario for the Competition, as well as an entry for the winner to the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition 2016. In addition, the Charitable Trust of the Company provided financial support.

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.