CIArb serves as secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for ADR, to raise awareness of the profession at Westminster.
The APPG was formed to bring together MPs and peers with a common interest in ADR issues and a shared desire to get them on the political agenda. As secretariat we provide expert advice and direction to the work of the group and facilitate its engagement with the wider world.
We organise regular evidence sessions, panel discussions, and receptions for the group within parliament and use our profile to amplify its findings.
John Howell OBE MP (Chair)
John is the Conservative MP for Henley and has chaired the APPG for ADR since its establishment in November 2015. He is an Associate Member of CIArb and has a particular interest in mediation. John is an active advocate for ADR in Parliament and sits as a Member of the Justice Select Committee (2015-19, new elections to be held shortly), as well as serving as HM’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria.
Christina Rees MP
Christina is the Labour MP for Neath, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and a former Shadow Minister for Justice. Christina is both a barrister and a former Olympian.
John Spellar MP
John is the Labour MP for Warley and was variously a Minister for Northern Ireland, Defence and Foreign Affairs. He also Chairs the APPG for Singapore.
Robert Neill MP
Bob is the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, Chairs the Justice Select Committee (up to 2019—election to be held shortly) and is a former Minister. Bob is a barrister and Bencher of the Middle Temple.
Alex Chalk MP
Alex is the Conservative MP for Cheltenham and PPS to the Foreign Secretary. Alex previously sat on the Justice Select Committee and is a barrister.
Alberto Costa MP
Alberto is the Conservative MP for South Leicestershire and a former member of the Justice Select Committee. He is a solicitor and ADR practitioner.
Bambos Charalambous MP
Bambos is the Labour MP for Enfield Southgate and a member of the Justice Select Committee (2017-19, elections to be held shortly). He previously worked in housing litigation.
Lord Low of Dalston CBE
Lord Low is a Crossbench life peer and legal scholar (formerly of the University of Leeds and City University London). Lord Low was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and was awarded the 2014 Liberty Human Rights ‘Campaign of the Year’ award for work on human rights protections.