Dr Frances Burton

Dr Frances Burton

LLB, LLM, MA, PhD, MCIArb, Retired Barrister London, Oxford, Midlands and N Yorkshire
Membership Status: Mediator Qualified in 1970
Exclusive Mediator

Results and Memberships

Total Mediations Undertaken: 11 Member Level: Junior Mediator Member Type: Exclusive Member

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General Information


Frances has had a long career as a practitioner-academic,  and has been a mediator since 2000 when she gained the University of Notre Dame Certificate in ADR following a training course with ADR Chambers UK, then a subsidiary of the Canadian ADR Chambers Inc Group in Toronto, from which she absorbed the Canadian 'can do' attitude to resolving disputes outside court which has now demonstrated such a high success rate.

She is now a Retired Judge of HM Courts and Tribunals Service and a Retired Barrister concentrating on Dispute Resolution, whether as a Mediator, Family Arbitrator or as an Academic, having also  been teaching Dispute Resolution recently on an LLM in International Commercial Law for Buckinghamshire New University and training mediators for Align Mediation, a small panel in the Cotswolds, but is now exclusive to Clerksroom

She has a wealth of experience which can be brought to bear on resolving disputes in a variety of contexts, having previously been a Judge of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal of the Tribunals Service 2009-2011, a Judge of the Consumer Credit Tribunal 2010-2011, a Judicial Member of the Transport Trbunal 2002-2009, and a Legal Chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal Service, 1996-2011,  where she also  regularly mediated in residential property disputes for the RPTS Panel 

Frances is a mediator who is happy to tackle the resolution of any dispute which the parties want to settle but particularly  mediates in the following specialist areas:

* English and International Family Property (French and Spanish spoken) 

* Inheritance disputes

* Financial and Property disputes, including Financial Provision on Divorce, Nullity or Dissolution of

  Civil Partnership or  Cohabitation Claims on Relationship Breakdown 

* Family Business Disputes

* Landlord & Tenant  and Housing   

* Service Charge, Property Management, Lease Extension and Enfranchisement disputes

* Employment Law, especially Discrimination Against Women

* Further and HIgher Education disputes

* Low value disputes where litigation costs would be disproportionate 




Co-Director and Research Fellow,  Centre for Family Law and Practice, 2009-date

Senior Lecturer in Law, Aston University, Birmingham.




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  • Date

    Nature of dispute


  • LVT Disputed Major Works
    Outcome: Settled
  • Service Charge Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • Major Works Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Management and Service Charge Dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Residential Property Management Dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Management Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • commercial/residential service charge dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement


  • Insurance Provider Oxygen
  • Certificate Status Certificate on file
  • Expiry Date 2 January 2019
  • Level of Cover 5000000

CPD & Training

CPD & Training
  • Mediation Training Provider ADR Chambers UK /University of Notre Dame
  • Date Qualified as Mediator 27 January 2000
  • Training Certificate Download PDF

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