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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.

Welcome message from the Master

It is a great honour and a privilege to serve the Company as Master for the current year. I am very grateful to those who have held this post before me and who have, over many years, brought the Company to its current position as a healthy and vibrant member of the livery fraternity.

The scope of our membership is broad encompassing every form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We are therefore concerned not only with arbitration but also with adjudication, mediation, conciliation, expert determination and the entire range of ADR.

Our charitable trust continues to thrive and to support good works in the City and beyond. In recent years our annual scholarship for two worthy candidates to experience arbitral and related practice in Dubai has proved particularly successful.

We enjoy special affiliation with both HMS Mersey and 13 Company Greater London Army Cadet Force and we are pleased to offer our support and encouragement to the personnel involved.

We strive to meet the important Objects of our Royal Charter and to offer every support to the Lord Mayor and the City of London.

Eur Ing David M Wilson

The Master's Ridgeway Walk

THE LAST LAP was completed on Saturday 21st October in gale force winds! The Master and Mistress, accompanied by friends and Company members, reached the summit of Ivinghoe Beacon, the end of the 87 mile Ridgeway walk. Thank you to all who have supported us and help us exceed our fundraising target. It's been a great adventure and we have raised an amazing £1500! Meanwhile, please click here for a full report of the walk.

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators

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.