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.
New Freemen admitted to the Company on 28th April 2015
Pictured from left to right: Professor Anthony Lavers, Professor Janet Walker, Professor Doug Jones, Mr Michael Goodridge MBE, Senior Warden, Ms Carole Mulcahy, The Master, Professor John Uff CBE QC, Miss Cherreem Lindsay, Mr Matthew Bastone, Junior Warden, Mr Graham Chase, Mr Abdul-Lateef Jinadu and Mr Olatunde Adeniye Aje.
Also admitted as Freemen to the Livery were Miss Nicola Cohen and Mr Graham Chase.