Law Commission Consultation: Review of the Arbitration Act
A Review of the Arbitration Act 1996: Public Consultation with the Law Commission
Date : 20/04/23
Earlier this year, the Law Commission published their Consultation paper which explores potential reforms to the Arbitration Act 1996.
The Act is being assessed due to the exponential growth of London-based arbitration since it came into force, and also, due to a need to modernise sections of the legislation. A public consultation event, co-hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB) and the Law Commission, took place on 29th November 2022, with a brief overview set out below.
One section of the Law Commission summary provisionally concludes that the Act is compatible with the use of modern technology and allows for remote hearings and the use of electronic communication, document management and evidence presentation however, consultees are asked whether the Act has the potential to expressly empower an arbitral tribunal to order remote hearings and the use of electronic documentation.