Scottish Arbitration Centre
The Scottish Arbitration Centre is the home of domestic and international arbitration in Scotland.
Established in 2011, the Centre promotes Scottish arbitration and Scotland to the world as a place to conduct international arbitration.
It is a non-profit company limited by guarantee and has a Board of eight independent Directors. Sir David Edward QC is Honorary President and Hew Dundas is Vice Honorary President of the Centre. Brandon Malone is Chairman of the Board, Lord Glennie is Vice-Chairman of the Board and works with other Directors Janey Milligan, Brandon Nolan, Ysella Jago, Mary Thomson, Gillian Carmichael Lemaire and Peter Scott Caldwell. Andrew Mackenzie is Chief Executive of the Centre.
The Centre actively engages with lawyers and other professionals involved in dispute resolution, regularly sending representatives to attend and speak at conferences and meetings both within the UK and internationally. Alongside its promotional and lobbying work, the Centre also provides modern facilities for arbitration hearings, mediations, and training events at its premises by Haymarket in central Edinburgh.
The Centre has an independent Arbitral Appointment Committee, which can appoint arbitrators in ad hoc domestic and international disputes. There are two sub-committees within the Arbitral Appointments Committee; one specialising in international appointments, and the other in domestic appointments (Scottish).
Unlike some appointing bodies, the Centre does not maintain a list or panel of arbitrators, so the Committee has complete discretion to choose a suitable arbitrator for the dispute from the leading domestic and international arbitrators.
The Centre also runs training events on arbitration, most notably our annual arbitrator training day. The training day attracts numerous delegates each year, mainly from Scotland. The event provides practical guidance on acting as an arbitrator in a dispute under the Scottish Arbitration Rules (forming Schedule 1) to the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010; guidance on how to apply the Rules to common problems; how to deal with difficult cases; and how to avoid challenges to arbitral awards.
Chairman, Scottish Arbitration Centre
Chief Executive, Scottish Arbitration Centre
Andrew Mackenzie has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre since its establishment in 2011. He is also Secretary General of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration. A solicitor on secondment to the Centre from the Scottish Government, Andrew previously worked as a legal adviser to that Government. He was also Secretary to Lord Cullen’s Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation before becoming Head of Courts and Legal Services Reform in the Scottish Government, where he had policy responsibility for legal services, civil courts, and alternative dispute resolution, including the Government manifesto commitment to establish an international arbitration body in Scotland. Andrew is Co-Chair of the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and sits on the IBA Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights. An Associate Member of CIArb, he is also a Council Member of The Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution, sits on the RICS Dispute Resolution Appointments Board in Scotland, is an alternate member of the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee, and has a seat on the Scottish Government Digital Justice Strategy Reference Group
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