Family Law, Arbitration and Justice
On 30th March 2017, His Honour Judge Donald Cryan, delivered a lecture titled, "Family Arbitration, The First Five Years and Its Future”.
In 2012, Judge Cryan was one of the founders the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).
He became the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Institute and helped establish the first schemes for both child and financial arbitration in England and Wales.
During his lecture, in the Atkin Building, Gray's Inn Place, Judge Cryan recounted the history of an entirely new mode of binding alternative dispute resolution by innovation and consensus, without additional legislation.
Judge Cryan’s lecture considered the practical implications for family arbitration expanding in such a way that it eases the burden on the court system and provides a swifter, cheaper, private and more appropriate method of resolving family disputes.
Judge Cryan said:
“The evolution of Family Arbitration will continue. As lawyers become more aware of it and appreciate its advantages they will be more prepared to advise its use. As clients slowly learn of it and ask about it, pressure will grow to use it. It is early days yet, but the next stage may well be for there to be a Family Arbitration Foundation to promote family arbitration. The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators stakeholders are currently giving thought to that.”
Judge Cryan was called to the Bar in 1970.
He developed a wide-ranging practice, which included family law and civil and criminal litigation.
He was appointed a Circuit Judge and authorised to sit as Judge of the High Court, Family Division, in 1996.
He became a member, and then chairman, of the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform, a research and study centre sponsored by The City Law School.
Judge Cryan remains a member of the Centre in an emeritus capacity.
He accepted the Chairmanship of The City Law School’s Advisory Board in 2009, and was granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University in 2012.
Judge Cryan was appointed Reader of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2015 and was Treasurer (Chairman) of the Inner Temple in 2016.
IFLA is a not for profit organisation, created by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers’ group Resolution, in association with the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform.