About the Club

Founder: Professor D. Mark Cato
President: Sir David Steel

The Arbitration Club was founded on the principle of Excellence Through Sharing.  Our mission is to bring together people who are or have been active in the field of dispute resolution in order to disseminate collective knowledge and best practice gained by members through their experience in all forms of dispute resolution.

We are committed to promoting the advancement of public understanding and use of dispute resolution techniques. The Club currently consists of the following branches:

Founding Branch

It is with great regret that the Committee of the Founder’s Branch have decided that with effect from the end of the current membership year (28thFebruary 2019), the Founders Branch will no longer be open for membership and action will be taken to wind up the Branch.

This decision has not been taken lightly in view of the history of the Branch and its connection with the Club Founder Professor D. Mark Cato.

The Committee have decided that the net financial assets of the Branch will be transferred to trustees who will make contributions in the name of D. Mark Cato to deserving participant groups at the international Vis Moot.

It only remains for the Committee to thank its members both current and past for their support over the years and wish them well for the future. 

The Committee are sure that other Branches of the Club would welcome applications from Founder’s Branch members both past and present should they wish to continue their association with the Arbitration Club.

Ben Beaumont
Founder’s Branch
9th February 2019

Oil & Gas

Kings College

The King’s College branch is comprised of alumni of the Masters degree course in Construction Law & Arbitration/Dispute Resolution.  Current students of the course are also welcomed.  Our members span the width of construction professionals involved in dispute resolution as well as a number of solicitors and barristers specialising in construction and engineering work.  Members of the King’s College branch also include those who sit as mediators, adjudicators, arbitrators and who appear before tribunals as experts.

Law Courts

Meetings of the Law Courts Branch are attended by quantity surveyors, engineers, architects and other construction professionals, and by lawyers, arbitrators and adjudicators specialising in construction disputes. In addition to topics relating to arbitration and dispute resolution generally, the topics discussed at meetings include adjudication of construction disputes.


The Information and Communication Technologies Branch brings together in-house counsel and accounting, legal, technology and private dispute resolution professionals interested in ICT based disputes and ICT use in managing disputes.

Financial Sector

The Financial Sector Branch enables practitioners and advisers to meet with professionals from the sector to explore the effective resolution of disputes, particularly those between financial institutions and their clients.

West Midlands

Meetings of the West Midlands Branch are held every two months and topics relating to construction, commercial property and agriculture are regularly discussed, Meetings are attended by quantity surveyors, engineers, architects, Commercial Property and Agricultural surveyors as well as Lawyers. In addition to topics relating to arbitration and dispute resolution generally, adjudication of construction disputes is also frequently a topic of discussion.