Parties may agree to arbitration as a private means of resolving most commercial disputes – either before or after the dispute has arisen. Members have for example conducted arbitrations concerning care home fee setting by local authorities in Wales, professional partnership disputes in England, and patent licensing in California.
In the construction industry, the advent of adjudication (and removal of arbitration as the default dispute resolution mechanism in many standard form contracts), has seen the use of arbitration reduce in England and Wales. In those cases where arbitration agreements are still made however, the need for specialist arbitration lawyers is as strong as ever. Moreover, in the international context, arbitration remains the primary means for dispute resolution.
Our arbitration team includes a number of members with experience and expertise representing parties in arbitration, including some with significant international experience, and a practising Chartered Arbitrator.