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I qualified as a family law arbitrator in 2012. Since then, I have been appointed as arbitrator in 15 cases and have delivered awards in 13 (one settled and one is ongoing).

Arbitration offers a fair, quick, cheap and confidential method of resolving financial disputes following separation. The court process and protracted litigation can be prohibitively expensive. I am particularly keen to arbitrate in cases that are not yet in the court system, where voluntary disclosure has been exchanged but settlement has not been achieved. A quick and fair result can be achieved before court proceedings are issued, saving time and money.

My experience has been that is possible to deal with most arbitrations within a one-day “hearing”, because I will have pre-read the relevant papers and will deliver a written award. This saves costs of attendance.

I was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Civil and Family) in 2010. I hear family money and private law children cases, as well as civil cases including landlord and tenant, personal injury, consumer credit and contractual claims.

I am a barrister at QEB, specialising in the full range of financial claims. I have particular experience in dealing with business assets, trusts, tax schemes and overseas assets. I am regularly instructed in cases involving tricky points of law and international forum disputes. I have appeared in a number of leading cases. I am recommended as a leading barrister by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Citywealth.

Further details about my practice as a barrister are at http://www.qeb.co.uk/barristers/duncanbrooks/profile.html.

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