Arbitration Court User Group

A new Arbitration Court User Group has been established to provide a forum for consultation, discussion and feedback between judges, legal professionals and other involved in arbitration matters in Scottish courts.

The announcement of the formal establishment of the group was made on Thursday 21 September 2017 by Lord Clark, a Commercial Court Judge and Arbitration Judge, at the Scottish Arbitration Centre in Edinburgh. 

It is intended that the group, which will be chaired by Lord Glennie, will provide a forum for those with an interest in arbitral law to come together to discuss arbitration practice and procedure. 

The group may, in due course, also be able to offer views on the operation and effectiveness of Scotland’s arbitration law, with a view to assisting in reinforcing the message to the international community that the Court supports arbitration. 

Addressing an audience of domestic and international arbitrators at the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s annual training event, Lord Clark said: “The principal purpose of the group is to provide a forum for consultation, discussion and feedback on arbitration matters that come before the court, involving judges, legal professionals and others with relevant expertise. The primary focus will be consideration of practice and procedure. As a result of carrying out this function, the group may in due course be able to offer views on the operation and effectiveness of the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010.” 

Since the passing of the 2010 Act, momentum has gathered towards an increased use of the procedure in Scotland. The establishment of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and its work in promoting arbitration has been an important feature of that process. 

The group comprises the following:

  • Lord Glennie
  • Lord Clark
  • Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of the Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • Brandon Malone, Chair of the Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • Robert Howie QC
  • Garry Borland QC
  • Jonathan Broome, advocate
  • Sheila Webster, solicitor and partner in Davidson Chalmers LLP
  • David Anderson, solicitor and partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • Janey Milligan, quantity surveyor, adjudicator and arbitrator, managing director of Construction Dispute Resolution
  • Richard Farndale, solicitor and director of Burness Paull LLP, and Chair of the Scottish Branch of CIArb