Family Arbitration

Brian is a retired Family law barrister. He is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) and as a Family Dispute Resolution Facilitator and Arbitrator is qualified to conduct family law arbitrations and make orders under the IFLA rules, including in matrimonial finance and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 proceedings.

As well as extensive experience in public and private law children cases, before his retirement as a busy practising Family barrister, Brian regularly dealt with complex matrimonial finance disputes involving foreign properties, agricultural land, businesses, insolvency and complex pension arrangements.

Brian was a Deputy District Judge since 1993 for 30 years before retiring. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) - Family Dispute Resolution Facilitator and Arbitrator.

Brian previously worked for ten years in Local Government. He then became a solicitor and practised for 23 years in Newcastle before transferring to the Bar. Brian is a former member of the Law Society Children’s Panel. He was also an interviewer for Panel Applicants and Adjudicator on appeals for Panel Membership.

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530


01642 247 569

Family & Court of Protection Clerk

0191 245 9590