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‘Over the past twelve months I’ve been engaged predominantly on two very HNW cases,’ says Toby Atkinson. ‘One of £200 million, which was resolved in mediation, and the other — with total assets of £80 million — was resolved through negotiation.’
Both matters involved the issue of ‘special contribution’, and Atkinson is pleased that in both instances he was able to avoid court. ‘One of the most interesting things we’re seeing is couples electing to go private — either arbitrate or have private FDRs [financial dispute resolutions] — because the court system is broken. We’re at the forefront of the arbitration movement, and it’s what our clients are looking for.’
Stewarts Law, with its strength in litigation, is a natural forum for arbitration.
For Atkinson the benefits are clear: the chance to choose an arbitrator; confidentiality; and a speed of decision-making no longer possible in a court system suffering from cuts. But Atkinson is also noted for his ability to trace complex assets or conduct forensic investigations of offshore corporate structures.
A peer says of this newest addition to the firm’s partnership: ‘Toby is building a growing reputation in the field and was a major acquisition for Stewarts Law. He is well regarded at the bar and by opponents. He is very likeable and admirably cuts through the issues.’