The work of our Arbitration barristers involves domestic and international arbitrations in our fields of specialisation. Our Arbitration barristers are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and members of the London Court of International Arbitrations.
The full spectrum of services our Arbitration barristers include advice at the initial stages of contract formation on arbitration rules; drafting arbitration agreements; representation of clients pre action; right through to conducting the proceedings and enforcing or resisting the arbitral award in subsequent court proceedings.
Parties engaged in an arbitration, or who are about to embark on an arbitration, require early specialist professional advice to secure compliance with institutional rules, as well as statutory strictures where necessary; and generally to secure a successful award that is free from defect.
Whether the arbitration is to be conducted on a ‘document only’ basis or involves a full hearing with witnesses, our Arbitration barristers are skilled at putting the client’s case to maximum effect either through skilled drafting of papers or through representation and forceful advocacy. Where a client’s circumstances and business relationship so dictate, our Arbitration barristers can adopt appropriate Alternative Dispute Resolution methods such as mediation, conciliation and impartial expert determination.
Arbitration, rather than immediate and direct court proceedings, is a recognised and preferred method of resolving disputes within the sport, construction, engineering and allied industries as well as in general commercial transactions. Our Arbitration barristers have decades of experience in resolving complex disputes in both domestic and international arbitrations concerning matters in construction, commercial transactions and sport.
In commercial and business matters, arbitration has equally long since been recognised as an efficient, cost-effective and certain means of resolving disputes without the increased expense and anxieties of litigation. Multinational companies trading in different jurisdictions value the particular benefits of resolving their commercial disputes in Arbitration, particularly when operating in certain international jurisdictions where the court systems are inefficient or unpredictable in delivering certainty of outcomes.
In Construction & Engineering, resolving disputes in arbitration is an integral part of the standard forms of building and engineering contracts, such as the Joint Contract Tribunal (“JCT”) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (“ICE”) suite of contracts within the UK. Internationally this would be the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, more popularly known by its French acronym (“FIDIC”), standard forms of contract.
The highly technical nature of these forms of contracts renders dispute resolution in a specialised arbitration more effective and efficient.
The majority of disputes in the sporting arena are resolved by way of Arbitration – a private dispute resolution process in which the parties consent to the final and binding determination of their dispute by a panel of either one, or three independent and expert arbitrators. As a general rule, arbitrations are governed by the 1996 Arbitration Act and can also be managed in accordance with a sport’s governing body’s, or specialist independent dispute resolution service’s arbitration rules.
Our Arbitration barristers are accustomed to advising on certain arbitration rules and procedures, taking instructions on advising on and drafting written arguments and evidence in accordance with a timetable agreed with the arbitration process and in accordance with those rules. Our Arbitration barristers are also able to represent clients in arbitration proceedings and advise on the consequences of written awards.
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