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Judge Cryan: Family Arbitration - The First Five Years and its Future



The City Law School, as part of the programme of events organised annually by the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice, presents a guest lecture by His Honour Judge Cryan (Hon) LLD on the genesis of formal Family Arbitration in this country, including the pivotal role of City, University of London’s Centre for Child and Family Law Reform. The lecture will explain how it was possible to establish an entirely new mode of binding alternative dispute resolution by innovation and consensus and without additional legislation. The jurisprudential basis of binding family arbitration in financial case and now in children’s disputes will be considered. The practical implications for family arbitration expanding in such a way that it will ease the burden on the courts and in many cases provide a swifter, cheaper, private and more appropriate way of resolving family disputes.

About the speaker

His Honour Judge Cryan (Hon) LLD
Treasurer, Inner Temple

Judge Cryan was Called to the Bar in 1970 developing a wide-ranging practice, which includedProfile Judge Cryan 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.

Judge Cryan 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. He 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 in 2012.

In 2012, Judge Cryan was one of the founders the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. 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.

He was appointed the Reader of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2015 and was Treasurer (Chairman) of the Inner Temple in 2016.

Event Timings

6:00pm - Registration
6:30pm - Lecture and Q&A
7:30pm - Reception
8:30pm - Close

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When & where

6.00pm - 8.30pmThursday 30th March 2017

Atkin Building City, University of London 4 Gray's Inn Place London WC1R 5DX United Kingdom

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+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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