Arbitration and Mediation Service

The Bar Council offers an Arbitration and Mediation Service to resolve disputes arising in chambers for any barrister who pays the Bar Representation Fee. The Arbitration and Mediation Service can resolve disputes arising between barristers or between barristers and clerks.

In order to have a dispute resolved via arbitration or mediation both parties must fill in and sign the relevant form below.  

Parties must come to arbitration or mediation voluntarily and the Bar Council will not oblige any party to take part in any alternative dispute resolution.

Appointment of a mediator or arbitrator

Appointment of mediator form  

Appointment of arbitrator form 

Once the form has been completed and signed by both parties please send it to Member Services by email or post:

Member Services
The Bar Council
289-293 High Holborn

A panel of barristers willing to act as arbitrators or mediators has been set up by the Representation and Policy Department of the Bar Council and approved by the Chairman of the Bar. Member Services will select an arbitrator or mediator based on a rota and availability.

Should the arbitration or mediation involve a clerk an additional arbitrator or mediator shall be appointed from a list created by the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.

To arrange a mediation or arbitration please contact Member Services at the Bar Council by email or telephone: 020 7611 1321.

Procedure for arranging a mediation or arbitration

The following rules have been agreed for Bar Council arbitrations. Please note, arbitrations are only available to barristers who have paid the Bar Representation Fee.