On 24 April the Scottish Arbitration Centre held its first arbitrator panel training day. The conference, at premises provided by the Faculty of Advocates, was generously sponsored by Hill International and provided practical guidance on acting as an arbitrator in a dispute under the Scottish Arbitration Rules (forming Schedule 1 to the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010).Photo: Sir David Edward QC, Honorary President of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, addresses delegates at the Centre’s arbitrator panel training day. Photo by Cate Gillon.
Leading practitioners gave guidance on how to apply the Rules to common problems; how to deal with difficult cases; and how to avoid challenges to awards. Speakers included Sir David Edward QC, Honorary President of the Scottish Arbitration Centre; Lord Glennie, Arbitration Judge; Lord Dervaird, Honorary Vice-President of the Centre; Gordon Reid QC, Terra Firma Chambers, Director of the Centre; John Hunter, Chairman of the CIArb Scottish Branch; Neil Kelly, Chairman of MacRoberts; Alan McMillan, Partner at Burness Paull & Williamson; Brandon Malone, Partner at McClure Naismith, Chairman of the Centre; Janey Milligan, CDR, Director of the Centre; and Gordon Bathgate, Director of the Centre.
Opening the conference, Centre Chairman, Brandon Malone said:
“The key to success of arbitration in Scotland is the quality of its arbitrators. Users of arbitration must come away from the process convinced, whether they have won or lost, that the process has been commercial, proportionate, and effective.”
Addressing the delegates on arbitration procedure, Gordon Reid QC called for ‘robust, pro-active case management’ in arbitration.
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“We are delighted at the success of our first major training event. More than 50 delegates joined together to share best practice. Delegates included advocates, architects, engineers, solicitors and surveyors. One of our key objectives was to bring arbitrators from different backgrounds and disciplines together for this training event.”