Family: Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADR is a long-established means of resolving disputes as an alternative or alongside court proceedings. Now that court resources are under pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a very attractive option available to clients in resolving their dispute.

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Private FDRs: these can be provided either remotely or in Chambers. The private FDR will take place in comfortable surroundings conducive to reaching a settlement. Remote FDRs can be arranged using whichever conferencing platform works best for you, including Zoom and Skype for Business. Private FDRs can often be more cost effective than court proceedings.

For cases involving cohabitees or other family property disputes a “chancery” FDR may be appropriate.

Members of the Finance and Property Group represent clients at private FDRs and a number of members of the Group with specialist knowledge and experience accept instructions to conduct private FDRs.

Mediation: mediation involving a civil mediator is often a very useful method of resolving family property disputes. Members of the group have specific experience in civil mediation. A number of members of the Team are qualified mediators.

Arbitration: where it is not possible to reach an agreement, a further option available to clients is arbitration. Members of the group accept instructions to represent clients at arbitrations including both finance & property disputes and children matters. Elizabeth Darlington is a qualified Arbitrator.

Parklane Plowden Chambers has spacious premises in both Leeds and Newcastle and is ideally placed to host both Private FDRs, mediation and arbitrations.  Refreshments are provided and every effort made to ensure the comfort of those involved. Facilities for conducting ADR remotely are also available.

Members of the Family Team are happy to work flexibly and outside traditional office hours, by agreement.

For details as to what type of ADR is best for you and the services that Chambers offers, please contact Mark Williams on 0113 228 5043 or who will be happy to assist.


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

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