Arbitration cases


Arbitration is one of the leading formats for the resolution of commercial disputes outside of the traditional court system. Indeed, arbitration has gained popularity precisely because it offers considerable advantages to a court-based judicial process.
Arbitration cases tend to be focused on commercial disputes, including but not limited to:
  • Commercial contractual disputes
  • International trade disputes
  • Technical disputes requiring expert adjudication
  • Professional sport disputes
  • Employment law disputes
  • Disputes between employers and unions
  • Consumer disputes
Arbitration is a private method of dispute resolution, where an impartial, professional third party organisation or individual is asked to arbitrate in a dispute. Both parties must agree in advance to use arbitration as an alternative to court, and must agree the arbitration system that they will use.
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Arbitration cases are heard in private by an arbitrator, in a format that resembles a court hearing: Both parties are represented by their commercial lawyers, and they both make their representations to the arbitrator. Arbitration cases differ to court cases because the arbitrator, rather than the lawyers, asks all the questions.
Arbitration is preferred by businesses because it offers a confidential and speedy way to settle disputes. Arbitrators are often specialists in the particular type of dispute being brought before them, resulting in a higher quality of understanding and judgment in each case.
As arbitration cases are not hindered by the formalities, rules and timetables of a tradition court, cases can be heard faster, and as a result arbitration cases can prove to be cheaper than court cases. Arbitration is also preferred because it offers a transnational forum for dispute resolution, avoiding the need for contracting parties to select a legal jurisdiction for any potential legal dispute.
Although arbitration cases are not heard in a court, most parties to arbitration still receive legal advice and many will retain legal representation by a solicitor for the hearing itself. This is because the decisions in arbitration cases have the same legal effect as a decision of a court, and are legally binding. 
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