David Hodson qualifies as family arbitrator in new family law arbitration scheme launched today
iFLG is pleased to announce that David Hodson has qualified as a family arbitrator after the vigourous training course in the new Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme. Although he qualified as an arbitrator in 2002, this is a specific scheme aimed at family law work. The Scheme is being launched today under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and other organisations.
It means that iFLG is able to offer dispute resolution in traditional mediation, directive mediation, child abduction mediation, collaborative law, early neutral evaluation and joint opinions and now in arbitration, alongside our normal representative work.
David Hodson has been one of the founders and creators of the family law arbitration scheme in this country, being involved since 2001 and working closely with the government and the CIArb and more recently with other organisations
Arbitration offers considerable benefits over court based resolution. The parties can choose their arbitrator, invariably based on the arbitrator’s experience and specialisation for the area of the dispute, and the arbitrator continues throughout the dispute, whereas at court there is no choice of the judge and often different judges will deal with the case at different stages.
Arbitration offers much flexibility. The parties and the arbitrator can decide what sort of disclosure process and documents are needed, what timetable is preferred including dealing with matters very quickly if jointly needed, having arbitration hearings out of normal office hours if preferred and other flexibility to meet the circumstances of the parties and the case. Arbitration is invariably quicker than court based resolution. Please see our note for more details
iFLG is also offering arbitration in international cases, our area of particular expertise, which may involve arbitrations abroad if required and the consideration of foreign law. Because David Hodson is dual qualified, England and Australia, he is able to undertake arbitrations jointly involving these countries, along with arbitrations with other countries.
Please contact us for more details.
Posted on 22 February, 2012 by David Hodson