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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration, mediation and collaborative law. Helping you find the best route to resolution for any family law issue.

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In recent years, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has become an increasingly popular and efficient way of resolving family issues in respect to financial matters or arrangements for children.

Often quicker and more cost-effective than traditional court options, ADR (also known as DR — dispute resolution) can provide a bespoke way to achieve the right result, even in complex family law disputes.

Our trusted and award-winning family law team has a wealth of experience in using ADR to ensure the best route to resolution for any family law issue. We have many years’ experience as both participant and tribunal.

Early adopters of ADR

While our experts can travel nationally for the purpose of adjudicating a dispute, our fabulous, award-winning offices — conveniently located in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Lancashire — provide modern, comfortable and completely private surroundings.

Whether you’re looking for an arbitrator or private financial dispute resolution (FDR) Judge to adjudicate your case, or want to be guided through the available options to choose the right one for you, as early adopters of the ADR model our experts are perfectly placed to advise.

Backed-up by the capabilities of our full-service legal offering — including in privacy, defamation and reputation management — we will carefully guide you through each step of the dispute resolution process.

Our services

The team at Brabners [contains] seasoned family law professionals with a wealth of experience. Brabners is a collaborative law firm. Lawyers at Brabners are always exceptionally prepared and provide robust and considered advice.

The Legal 500, 2023

In our search for guidance on a parentage claim, we were fortunate to find Joe Ailion — a true gem. His expertise and professionalism in Court matters were evident from the start… But it was his immediate response to our call for help that truly set him apart. Joe attentively listened to our story and addressed each of our concerns with a depth of understanding and empathy rarely seen in a solicitor. Beyond his unquestionable professional expertise, Joe brings a level of personal care and emotional intelligence to his work. His honest and straightforward advice, coupled with a genuine warmth, created a sense of security for our family during a tumultuous time. For us, Joe is not just a solicitor — he’s a beacon of hope and reassurance.

Anonymous family law client

Brabners continues to draw superb praise from a range of clients... The "talented" team competently handles complex divorce and financial remedy cases, often managing a plethora of foreign and business assets as well as trusts and pensions.

Family law client, The Legal 500, 2024

Leanne [Instrall]’s support and advice was always greatly appreciated. I always particularly liked how she put the needs of the children at the fore of her advice. The peace of mind this order has given me is invaluable.

Anonymous family law client

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