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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.


Past Master Karl Davies

It is with great sadness that I have to inform of the death of our dear friend and greatly valued colleague, Past Master Karl Davies, who passed away in hospital on Saturday morning after a serious illness. Neil Stocks, a long-term very close friend and associate of Karl's, is supporting Joy at this difficult time. We have offered the Company's and our personal support if there's anything we can do.

We shall ask to be kept informed regarding the funeral arrangements and will let you know when we receive them.

Matthew Bastone, Master


HMS Mersey

Pictured above left, The Clerk, Master and Senior Warden in front of the Bridge of HMS Mersey with HMS Mersey’s Captain, Lt Cdr George Storton and right Mersey’s sister ship, HMS Tyne, leaving Portsmouth.

I have just returned from a few days at sea with HMS Mersey, accompanied by my Senior Warden, David Wilson, and Biagio our Clerk. We were transported by power boat out of Falmouth Harbour, having donned full waterproof gear, to meet the ship which was waiting offshore. Mersey's Captain, Lieutenant Commander George Storton, was determined that we would enjoy our voyage and had organised an action-packed programme for us. We were given the opportunity to see just about every aspect of the operation of the ship and life on board. We were allowed onto the bridge and were able to observe Mersey in action, patrolling our fishing areas and deploying their extremely fast boats to board fishing vessels and inspect their catches and equipment. We were also allowed to take the helm. Our somewhat erratic steering prompted a call of complaint to the bridge from the galley where they preparing our evening meal (Beef Wellington). The food was first class and included fresh scallops procured from a convenient scalloper. We were very impressed by the professionalism, commitment and unfailing good humour of the officers and the crew. All credit to the Captain. We landed at Portsmouth two days later, having been on the bridge to observe the Captain take control of the ship to bring it in to harbour. All in all a tremendous experience.

Matthew Bastone, Master


The Master's Ridgeway Walk

The Master and Mistress, Matthew and Sue, are walking the 87 mile Ridgeway Trail from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire. Please sponsor them by clicking the Just Giving link or send a cheque to Matthew Bastone, Strawberry Lee, White Street, West Lavington SN10 4LW and help them to achieve their £1000 target for the WCA Trust.


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.