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A forum of choice for arbitration

England may become a forum of choice for arbitration post-Brexit, suggests Charlotte Hill

22 September 2017

The spectre of Brexit has sparked debate about the prospects for London’s continued pre-eminence in the legal world. But while we undoubtedly face uncertainties in the litigation sphere, what is the outlook for arbitration?

Unlike some other countries’ national courts, the English courts are well known for upholding the independence of the arbitral process and will not intervene unnecessarily. The Arbitration Act 1996 also provides the courts with ‘teeth’ in the form of powers to assist and support arbitration when needed, such as facilitating the appointment of an arbitral tribunal, ordering interim measures such as injunctive relief, hearing challenges to the validity of an award, and upholding the finality of an award.

Further underpinning this popularity is the established and well-deserved reputation of the English judiciary for havin...

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