The role of arbitration as a tool for dispute resolution will be the focus of a special one-day conference hosted by the Faculty of Advocates in May this year.
The event, in Edinburgh on Friday 17 May, will also look ahead to May 2020 when the 25th congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) takes place in Edinburgh.
Faculty's conference will have keynote addresses from Minister Ash Denham MSP, whose brief includes legal services, the Court of Session's Arbitration Judge Lord Clark, and Ireland's James Bridgeman SC, former President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, on topics about arbitration, the courts and civil justice in Scotland. There will be sessions exploring the changing scene for arbitration and possible future developments, and practical tips for those who are looking to arbitrate for the first time.
ICCA is a world-wide organisation devoted to promoting the use and improving the processes of arbitration, and ICCA 2020 Edinburgh will raise the profile of arbitration within Scotland as well as making others aware of the sector in Scotland.
Kenneth Campbell QC, chair of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS), commented: "There are signs arbitration is increasingly being considered as a dispute resolution tool in Scotland. The Faculty is pleased to host this conference to showcase the work we, along with others, are doing in this area."