Coram is a leading family law chambers providing representation and advice to clients in London and across England and Wales.
The Coram team offer the following alternative dispute resolution services:
- Arbitration and
- Neutral Evaluation
Within the Coram mediation team we aim to provide the best outcomes for our clients whilst avoiding the expense and time consuming nature of standard legal proceedings. Members of the mediation team take on cases in civil, commercial, employment and family disputes. All our qualified mediators have undertaken Bar Council approved training and are on the Bar Council list of approved mediators. Several members within the Mediation team also hold part time-judicial appointments.
We are able to offer our mediation suite for sessions requiring anything from one to five private rooms. We have five air-conditioned conference rooms that vary in capacity from four to twenty, comprising our seminar and mediation suites. The facilities within Chambers provide a comfortable setting for our clients.
The Institute of Family Law Arbitration was set up in 2012. Three members of chambers are qualified family arbitrators and members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. They are available to act as arbitrators to determine family law disputes where both parties agree that their dispute should be submitted to arbitration.
The benefits of arbitration include:
- You can select who decides your dispute – you can pick your own arbitrator;
- You can choose the procedure to be flexible to suit your needs and circumstances: you might want a written determination on the papers, a determination on one issue only, or a full hearing with evidence as in court;
- You can choose when the hearings will be, to suit your needs;
- Speed: you don’t have to wait until the court can find you a date;
Privacy: arbitration is completely confidential and there is no right for the media to be present
For further information including fees, please contact our clerks on 020 7092 3700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neutral evaluation/ private FDRs
Members of chambers also offer a neutral evaluation service. This consists of:
- private FDRs
- written evaluations
We have a number of practitioners who have experience in this area, including several who are part-time or deputy judges. If you have reached an impasse in your dispute but you cannot wait until the court can list a financial dispute resolution appointment, you can have the benefit of this experience from our members who act as a private FDR judge. The ‘FDR’ can be conducted in our conference suite just as a normal ‘in-court’ FDR. The process is completely confidential. You can choose your judge, choose the time and venue, and save time and money by not having to wait for court.
In addition, whether before or after the issue of proceedings, a written evaluation may be a cost-effective way of helping resolve a dispute. The barrister is sent the papers, details of any offers, and a submission from each party, and provides a written neutral evaluation of how they would decide the case.