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.
Events for all in 2015
This year has so far seen two major Dispute Resolution events--the Arbitration Competition week-end at Berwin Leighton Paisner in January and a joint seminar with the Academy of Experts at Eversheds in February, both very well supported. Among a host of Livery events involving other Companies and the Mayoralty was the United Guilds' service at St Pauls in March at which the Master and Wardens were spotted posing in front of Wellington's tomb-and what more appropriate place in this anniversary year of Waterloo!
Among the events still to come this year are Common Hall on 28 April at which the new Master and Wardens will be elected, to be followed by a dinner for members and visiting Masters at Cutlers' Hall; the Charter Banquet at Fishmongers' Hall on 12 May at which the principal speaker will be Sir Robert Akenhead; and the Master's lecture on 18 May to be given by Dr Jackie van Hof, new DG of the London Court of International Arbitration at Herbert Smith Freehills' offices. And on the social side arrangements are all in place for our visits to the Ypres battlefields in May and to the Buxton Opera Festival in July, both events being fully subscribed. We shall also be participating in the CIArb Centenary celebrations at their London conference in July and the Livery dinner in September. So please look out for the next round of event notices and hope to see many of you at all these events.