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Private Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) Private Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR)

Private Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR)


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

The Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) appointment in the court process is a key stage in financial proceedings at which a judge will give an indication to the parties of the likely outcome of the case at a fully contested hearing, with the aim of focusing minds and helping both parties to try and negotiate an agreement.

The concept of a private FDR has developed in recent years as an alternative to the court based FDR, whether or not the parties are within the court process.  It allows the parties to choose their “judge” and have some control over where and when the “hearing” takes place. With the court system being overstretched and long delays between hearings, a private FDR could allow the case to be resolved far quicker than through court.

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.