The Scottish Branch of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) aims to promote the use of arbitration, mediation, adjudication and other alternative means of dispute resolution in Scotland, both domestically and internationally. We consider our website to be central to the achievement of that aim. Over time we will expand and develop its content further to meet that aim.
CIARb is pleased to include on the website our comprehensive events programme through to the end of the summer in 2006. Click Events Programme. The latest Branch Newsletter is now available on this website (click Newsletter). A Special Edition Newsletter is now online with information regarding various CPD and Training Events available this Autumn.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Dispute Resolution Services provides a range of administered dispute resolution schemes for consumers who have service disputes.
These are funded so costs of application are low and provide a simple and speedy “documents only” way of resolving consumer disputes.
The schemes include an arbitration scheme for package holiday disputes, a conciliation and arbitration scheme for funeral disputes, an adjudication scheme for mobile phones and internet service disputes and a Scottish Fair Traders Scheme initiated by Trading Standards that operates within the Angus region of Scotland.”
Click on the link for information about what may be available: Consumer Dispute Resolution Services
CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
On 28th February 2005, the Chartered Institute’s new Royal Charter was executed by Her Majesty the Queen under the Great Seal. This radically restructured the Institute to bring its constitution into line both with its current membership distribution and the requirements of and on such an institution in the 21st century. Membership (now over 11,000 in approx. 100 countries) is now more than 50% outside the UK and this is reflected in the new procedures for electing a President and a Board of Trustees, the former’s role being ambassadorial in promoting the status and reputation of the Institute worldwide, the latter’s being to manage the affairs of the Institute. Since Scotland is a separate legal jurisdiction from England & Wales, Scottish Branch is classed as an International Branch with consequent devolution of some responsibilities from CIArb HQ
Details can be obtained from our ‘Honorary Secretary’ Honorary Secretary.
We offer free access to The Scottish Arbitration Code. This has been developed in conjunction with our colleagues at The Scottish Council for International Arbitration and The Scottish Building Contract Committee. The Code has been drafted expressly for use in both domestic and international arbitrations based in Scotland. It is intended to serve not only the existing Scottish arbitration community but also those from other jurisdictions seeking an appropriate forum in which to conduct international arbitrations. Due to Scotland’s unique arbitration law, it is much more than just a set of rules. It is intended to set out clearly and concisely all of the provisions which would apply to arbitration, whether domestic or international, in Scotland.
If you require the selection of an arbitrator we can assist. For maximum speed, you can download directly from this part of our Arbitrator section our Application Form for the Appointment of an Arbitrator – no need to find out whom to telephone to obtain a poor fax copy.
SCOTTISH CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION CODE
The CIArb, Scottish Branch are pleased to announce the publication of the Scottish Construction Arbitration Code, 2005. This is intended to bring to the market an efficient and time and cost-effective process. It can be downloaded as a downloadable document in pdf format (you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the Code in this format) or as a webpage. Or you can order a paper copy by writing to David Allan, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Scottish Branch) 1441 Cumbernauld Road Glasgow G33 1AN. Please enclose a note of your own name and address so that your copy of the Code can be posted to you.
We publish a Branch Newsletter periodically which is available on this website (click Newsletter). This contains a current list of events planned, topical items of news and update of Branch news from the Chairman. Comments on the Newsletter, suggestions for future issues and letters of interest are always welcome by the Editor.
The Branch’s preferred method of communication, both internally and externally, is by email. Our website offers direct access to our Branch Officers. Email any of them directly from this website with any queries you may have about conducting an arbitration in Scotland or about joining the CIArb.
We run a programme of educational events throughout the year, which are open to both members and non-members alike. Our programme of events is available on this website. If you wish to attend any event you can book directly from this website.
We are not only concerned with arbitration. Indeed the Branch is an Adjudicator Nominating Body (ANB) for the purposes of The Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland). Click Application Form for the Appointment of an Adjudicator to make use of this service. From our adjudication pages, we also provide a central resource for accessing legislation, statutory instruments and court cases relevant to adjudication on the web. We hope you will find these services useful.
MEMBERSHIP AND EXAMS
You can find out how to join the CIArb (www.arbitrators.org) through the Scottish Branch from this website. Full details of the grades of membership of the Institute and of exactly what you need to do to attain each of those grades are all clearly set out. The syllabus for each of our exams is also published in full. You can also download a Membership Application Pack. Please just go to our Membership and Exams pages to access all of this information.