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

The members of the Founding Branch have diverse interests in all aspects of UK and international business activities and thus in the dispute resolution industry.


Vice Presidents: Isabelle Smith Monnerville, Suzanne Kratzsch 
Chairman: Ben Beaumont 
Vice Chairmen: Denys Hickey and Martin Potter 
Secretary: Simon Hems
Treasurer: Winifred Potter

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.