Raworths LLP
Arbitration Arbitration



We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Claire Hunter


Joanna Lofthouse

Chartered Legal Executive

Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Arbitration is an increasingly popular way to resolve a dispute as an alternative to court. The parties appoint a trained family law arbitrator and agree to be bound by their decision.  The arbitrator can be asked to decide one or more specific issues on which the parties are stuck or the entire case.

Arbitration can be used to resolve financial and property disputes arising from family relationship including on the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership or between cohabitees or issues in relation to children.

The role of the arbitrator is very much like that of a judge in the court process. However, the parties are able to choose the arbitrator and have some input to the procedure leading to the arbitrator’s decision.  It provides more flexibility than court proceedings and is usually more efficient, which means a case can often be resolved far quicker and potentially at less cost than through court.  Arbitration also offers the parties confidentiality, which is increasingly attractive in view of the move towards transparency of family court proceedings and the risk that the family’s private dispute could be reported in the press.

How to contact us

Please contact Carmelita Ardren Head of Family on 01423 566666 or use this link to complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.