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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

Two Travelling Scholarships in Private Dispute Resolution– Dubai 2018

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators invites expressions of interest in two Travelling Scholarships in Private Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, Mediation, Adjudication), each to be taken up for 4 weeks in Dubai in March/April 2017.

These two Travelling Scholarships, each worth £5,000, will include flights, accommodation, an allowance for subsistence and health/travel insurance. The Scholarships are to be funded by the Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

We are looking for exceptional candidates, who will typically be at a post-experience stage, with at least a first degree and probably a professional qualification as a lawyer, engineer, quantity surveyor, accountant or similar. A keen interest in and passion for private dispute resolution is important. You may well have already embarked on formal training as an arbitrator, mediator or adjudicator. Excellent report writing skills are essential, as are integrity and the ability to respect confidentiality. As we are a City of London Livery Company applicants should be able to show some connection with London or with the UK.

The Scholarships will each include travel to Dubai, visiting and working with local administering institutions and law firms and claims consultants. This will involve shadowing party representatives in dispute resolution. It may also involve time as a Third Party Neutral’s Marshall or Clerk.

The successful two candidates will each be required to produce a Report on a relevant private dispute resolution topic, focusing on the relative positions of Dubai and London in the area of international dispute resolution. It is intended that the Report will be published, with credit to the author, and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators will have the freedom to publish.

Please send expressions of interest via email to: clerk@arbitratorscompany.org setting out your qualifications and experience, personal details, your location and the names and email contact for two referees; also in up to 150 words, why you consider we should select you.

Applications should be received by 5 January 2018
Applicants must be available for interview in the last week of January 2018.

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.