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 his rôle 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.
Derek Ross abseils down the Lloyds Building
On Saturday, 19th September, Derek Ross, Master of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, abseiled down the Lloyds building in the City of London for charity.
Thank you to everyone who supported him and made donations.
Here is the evidence:
You can still give to his fundraiser by following this link.
Charities benefiting from Derek's feat include: the Lord Mayor's Appeal, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, St Mary le Bow Youth Homeless Project, students of Private Dispute Resolution in need of financial assistance, ACF Cadets, pupils from under privileged backgrounds in general education and winners of the Company's Peacemaker Awards and Examination Results Prizes. The Lord Mayor's Appeal this year is in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer, Princess Alice Hospice, Raleigh International and Working Chance, all of which are very worthy charities doing very useful work.
I'm sure we all support Derek in his fundraising and thank him for his brave endeavour!