Rollits Partner Qualifies as a Family Arbitrator

Sheridan Ball MCIArb

We are delighted to announce that Sheridan Ball has been appointed a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and is one of a handful of qualified family arbitrators in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Sheridan, who heads up Rollits' first-class family team, is an experienced family lawyer with over 20 years expertise in this area of law and an Advanced Member of the Law Society Family Panel specialising in Financial Matters and Private Children Arrangements. 

Sheridan has also been an Accredited Family Mediator for the last 15 years and a Practitioner Member of the Law Society Family Mediation Panel since 2001. She practises as a Resolution Accredited Collaborative Family Law Practitioner and is also accredited by Resolution as a Professional Practice Consultant to supervise mediators.

The Family Law Arbitration Scheme was launched on 26 March 2012 as a result of collaboration between the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution and the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform.  Arbitration is an alternative judicial process enabling Parties to resolve financial disputes privately, quickly, and cheaply in a more flexible and less formal setting than a Court Room.  It is envisaged that Arbitration will also save Court Resources and reduce pressure on the already stretched Family Court.

Sheridan had to go through a selection process to undertake the training based on aptitude, knowledge and experience supported by judicial referees. The training was then carried out by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London involving private study, face to face tutorials and role play workshops. Finally candidates who successfully pass this stage of the training were then required to achieve a minimum 80% pass rate on a written Award/Decision examination. 

Sheridan Ball comments "Under the Scheme divorcing/separating Parties agree to appoint a Family Arbitrator to determine their financial disputes in accordance with the law of England and Wales - they also agree to be bound by the Arbitrator's decision - only in limited circumstances can they appeal the Arbitrator's decision to the Court of Appeal.

"The Arbitration process can involve hearings or it may be a paper determination.  If there are hearings they are arranged at times convenient for the Parties.

"In essence Arbitration is a private judicial process and is therefore a genuine alternative way to the court process."

Posted on: 29/07/2013

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