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, made up of the Law Society of Scotland (LSS), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Scottish Ministers (SG). Sir David Edward QC is Honorary President and Hew Dundas is Vice Honorary President of the Centre. Brandon Malone is Chairman of the Board and works with other Directors Jonathan Broome (CIArb), George Burgess (SG), Shona Frame (LSS), Ysella Jago (RICS), Jan Marshall (SG), Janey Milligan (RICS) and Brandon Nolan (CIArb). 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 on Princes Street 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.