The Scottish Arbitration Centre has unveiled its formal arbitral appointment system, the details of its expanded independent Arbitral Appointments Committee, and the members who will chair the Committee’s Domestic and International Sub-Committees.
The Centre has published its Directions and Guidance in relation to arbitral appointments by its Committee. It has also produced forms to assist the process, including the Application for the Appointment of an Arbitration Form. When parties specify that the Centre is to appoint an arbitrator to deal with their dispute, the selection of an arbitrator is made by its Committee. The Committee will act independently from the Board of the Centre. The Centre does not maintain a list or panel of arbitrators, so the Committee has complete discretion to choose a suitable arbitrator for the dispute from the leading domestic (Scottish) and international arbitrators. The Directions and Guidance and related form can be found here.
In addition to the current members of the Committee (Juliet Blanch (Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, London); David Carrick (Senior Vice President, Hill International, Edinburgh); Sandra Cassels (Partner, Brechin Tindal Oatts, Edinburgh); Vincent Connor (Partner, Pinsent Masons, Hong Kong); Thomas Halket (Partner, Halket Weitz, New York); Kaj Hobér (Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Stockholm); Elie Kleiman (Partner, Freshfields, Paris); Lindy Patterson QC (Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Edinburgh); and James Wollfe QC (Axiom Advocates, Edinburgh)), new members are Olufunke Adekoya SAN (Partner, ǼLEX, Nigeria); Eliana Biraldi (Partner, De Vivo, Whitaker & Castro, Brazil); Joyce Cullen (Partner, Brodies, Edinburgh); and Alice Leggat (Legal Manager, SSE, Perth). Further details on the Committee members can be found here.
James Wolffe QC (Axiom Advocates, Edinburgh) will chair the Domestic Sub-Committee and Juliet Blanch (Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, London) will chair the International Sub-Committee.
Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Centre, said:
“With our new formal arbitral appointment system, public bodies and commercial organisations can rest assured that when they ask the Centre to appoint an arbitrator, they will get the most suitable arbitrator for the job. Along with the commercial advantages of Scottish arbitration which include confidentiality, pragmatism, and restricted appeal procedure, this is another strong reason for Scottish and international businesses to use Scottish arbitration and the Centre as an appointing body.”
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“The Centre has drawn on the huge domestic and international goodwill it enjoys, to assemble a now expanded independent Arbitral Appointments Committee with global awareness and impeccable credentials. I am particularly delighted to welcome more women to our Committee, as the international arbitration community has been discussing the prospect of making arbitration more diverse and inclusive. With our expert Committee and new formal arbitral appointment system, the Centre is well placed to make ad hoc appointments in both domestic and international arbitrations.”
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