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Experts and Arbitrators - Joint event with Academy of Experts

On 11th February the WCA held a joint seminar at the City Offices of Eversheds with 2 speakers from the company (Peter Rees QC and Michael Black QC), 2 from TAE  (Neil Fitch and Chris Osborne) and James Pickavance of our hosts.  The meeting was very well attended from both bodies and was jointly chaired by the Master John Uff and Lord Saville, President of TAE.

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Arbitration Weekend 16-18 January 2015

The inaugural Arbitration Weekend of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators was held over the weekend of 16-18 January 2015 at the offices of global law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, at Adelaide House, London Bridge in the City of London. The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators is delighted to recognize the support given by Berwin Leighton Paisner in hosting the Arbitration Weekend and providing amazing logistical support and a reception on the Saturday evening. The Company is also grateful to the other sponsors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which provided financial support, and ArbDB, the Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Board Chambers, which provided the Competition Mugs and also supported the Competition Bar, and to the Members of the Company and others who gave freely of their time to act as arbitrators, witnesses and members of the Organising Committee.

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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 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.

John Uff