Family Arbitration – The future

Gareth Curtis MCIArb, family law associate at Manchester-based leading legal business DWF, is one of only three family law specialists in Manchester to qualify as a family law arbitrator and be accepted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators.

Arbitration provides a suitable alternative to the very expensive and long drawn out court process to resolve all manner of family disputes including, financial provision arising out of a divorce, breakdown of a civil partnership, financial provision for children of unmarried couples, disputes involving cohabiting couples over the division of property and also, more recently disputes over contact. Gareth who has specialised in Family law for 13 years is qualified to arbitrate in family finance disputes. 

Partner and National Head of Family at DWF, David Pickering, comments: “The court process can be a long drawn out and expensive process. Mediation is not the answer for many people. Arbitration is a cost effective alternative method of resolving financial disputes arising out of a family/relationship breakdown. This is a great achievement for Gareth, I am pleased that with his qualification, DWF can now offer his services as an arbitrator in contested cases, benefiting people and their lawyers.”

DWF is a full service commercial law firm and one of the UK’s largest legal businesses. DWF has been recognised by the Financial Times for innovative client service and has launched an integrated suite of new service delivery models enabling clients to flex their resourcing approach to suit their business’ needs.

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Gareth Curtis


I am a Director in the family team, based in Manchester. I represent clients across the UK and internationally, including Australia and the Far East.

David Pickering

Partner - National Head of Family

I am National Head of the Family Team and am rated as a leader in my field for the provision of expert family law advice.