The London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators held an Arbitration Workshop on the topic of “Awards: Reasons for Reasons?” on 2 November 2015.
The Workshop, generously hosted by CIArb and moderated by Irvinder Bakshi, London Branch Chair, was led by Finola O’Farrell QC (Keating Chambers) and Paul Rose (LB Vice Chair, Arb DB Chambers).
Encouraging the attendees to be bold when drafting awards, Finola O’Farrell QC provided a comprehensive overview of best practice in award writing, outlining the default position under s.52 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) and the purpose of providing reasons before highlighting the Tribunal’s obligations under s. 33 of the Act and the basis on which an award may be challenged under s. 68.
In a lively interactive session, Paul Rose led the attendees through a number of practical scenarios, applying the potential grounds for challenge to an award to the facts stated and providing further insight into the process of drafting awards.
Refreshments for the speakers and attendees were kindly provided by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Author: Amanda Lee, PRO, CIArb London Branch