Remote: Private Dispute Resolution (Children Disputes)

No18 Chambers are delighted to be able to offer a Private Dispute Resolution. Private Dispute Resolution can be particularly effective in disputes relating to children. Private Dispute Resolution is a useful tool in assisting parties, provided there are no safeguarding concerns. An evaluator is able to listen to each of the parents, their concerns and suggestions, and offer parents an opinion as to the view of the court. Parents can be represented by solicitors or counsel. This can avoid delay, avoid conflict and provide security for children. It can prevent children from not seeing a parent for a number of months.

If budgets are tight other options can be offered to reduce costs. No 18 Chambers can offer a scheme where couples wishing to achieve a negotiated settlement can obtain a joint written advice or meet with a barrister at an early stage in conference to identify a fair order. The instruction can be limited to an indication on one key issue.

The advantages of a No.18 Chambers Private Dispute Resolution/ Early Neutral Evaluation:

  • Flexibility.
  • They can happen at any stage during the court process.
  • There is very little delay in waiting for a date.
  • It can deal with all or any aspects of the dispute which the parties wish..
  • Clear guidance can be given as to suitable arrangements and what order is likely to be made if the matter proceeds in a court arena.

Members available for such hearings are:

  • Katherine Henry (2008)

Representation of the parties:

  • Tracey Hennessey (2001)
  • Lee Young (1991)
  • Ian Wheaton (2002)
  • James Vatcher (2006)
  • Nigel Cholerton (2007)
  • Barnaby Large (2007)
  • Robin Shane (2010)
  • Sarah Hirech (2012)
  • Claire Hook (2010)
  • Francis Payne (2014)
  • Sara Chalk (2018)
  • John Franklin (2016)
  • Amelia King (2016)
  • Rachel Chapman (2017)
  • Sarah Barber (2018)

THE TECHNOLOGY – Keeping it Simple

The use of remote technology has now been established and is in use daily in the court sphere. No.18 can offer all platforms for children, financial, civil and employment cases including but not limited to telephone, Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams. We can assist in organising an appropriate setup for your particular case.

No18 Chambers can offer as many meeting rooms as necessary but what would be envisaged would be including:

  • The evaluators room
  • Separate conference rooms for each team (where private discussion can take place)
  • The Negotiation room.
  • Private meeting room

It’s a simple process. We email a link to participants and with one click, each participant can join the video meeting conference or hearing. There is no need to subscribe to any software or download any ‘app’.

As always, barristers are well used to maintaining confidentiality between cases