How to arrange for an arbitration
You may be undertaking an arbitration due to a clause in a contract, concluding that all disputes between both parties are to be referred to arbitration. Alternatively, it may be because all parties concerned have agreed to resolve your dispute through arbitration after the dispute came to light.
Whichever it may be, parties on both sides of the dispute must agree to take part in the arbitration and agree on me as the arbitrator. Otherwise, you will have to go to one of the arbitration bodies to get them to appoint an arbitrator. If you do this you will not have any control over who decides conducts your arbitration.
You can either get the other side to agree first in principle and then approach me on behalf of both of you, or alternatively, if you would like to appoint me, get the other party to look at this website.
As an arbitrator, I will be neutral rather than taking sides, although having heard the case for both sides, I will have to make a decision as to which is in the right. I will, therefore, need to speak to each of you before the arbitration, and each of you will have to sign the arbitration agreement and pay your share of the fee for the hearing.
In order to be entirely fair and transparent, both in appearance and in reality, all correspondence with the arbitrator will need to be copied to the other side, and I will always copy any correspondence from me to both sides. To ensure I have all the material needed to make a decision, a preliminary meeting will be arranged which may be by phone or face to face to ensure both parties have provided all information on all matters that need to be dealt with. At this preliminary meeting, we will also organise the date and time of the hearing.
Once you have contacted me, it is sometimes easier if I put you in touch with my clerk to make arrangements for the preliminary meeting and to deal with both parties with regard to the mediation agreement.