NFAS is headed by Jonathan James. A solicitor in private practice for over twenty years, Jonathan has now left day to day family law to concentrate on judging, arbitration and training. He has been a Deputy District Judge since 2010, with approval to determine private children disputes, and trains other lawyers, particularly in family law. Jonathan's practice as a solicitor has taken him all over England and Wales, so he is happy to assist parties wherever they are located in the jurisdiction.
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Family law arbitration began as recently as 2012. NFAS was founded in 2016. Jonathan was increasingly frustrated by the failure of the court system to deliver an efficient decision making process for families, minimising their stress and expense.
A fellow family law solicitor pointed out to him the opportunities that arbitration offers, with its ability to focus at an early stage on the true nature of any dispute the simplest and least expensive route to reaching a decision.
From 2011, Jonathan worked increasingly closely with Wikivorce.com, probably the leading internet resource for separating couples. From this cooperation, he learned that family law services could be delivered nationwide, using the huge array of communication tools now available. NFAS has been devised to build on this and enable separating and separated couples across England and Wales to access the most efficient and cost-effective decision taking procedures to enable them to move on.
In 2015, Jonathan ended his 20 years as a family law solicitor so that he could focus on working as a judge, training other lawyers and, most importantly, building what he considers to be the next important development in resolving family disputes.