The British Coffee Association Announces Launch of New London Arbitration Service
The BCA has moved to change the arbitration service as currently functioning within the framework provided by the English Arbitration Act 1996.
It has been traditional for there to be several different national coffee arbitration chambers – both within and beyond Europe.
Within this it has been traditional for each chamber to have a panel of arbitrators made up of individuals who reside in the country in which that chamber is based.
London arbitration, traditionally, meant UK-based arbitrators – but this is about to change.
Expansion of the Panel of Arbitrators
Under English law individuals who reside and work outside the UK may sit as arbitrators on English law tribunals.
Even if arbitrators need to meet in person (for example, to have a hearing) such meetings do not have to be in the UK – and it may be appropriate to hold such meetings outside the UK.
And, of course, it may be appropriate for arbitrations to be conducted without the need for arbitrators to meet in person – with all correspondence between arbitrators being carried out by email and telephone.
All that is required under English law is that the parties have agreed that the legal “seat” of the arbitration is within England and Wales – and this legal requirement is dealt with in the new London Arbitration Rules.
English Law Arbitration
General Duty of Arbitrators
The general duty of tribunals is mandatory under the Arbitration Act 1996. Section 33 of the Act reads as follows:
General duty of the tribunal
Impartiality is therefore a legal requirement for all arbitrators.
Eligibility to be considered for Appointment to the New Panel of Arbitrators
Applications for appointment to the new Panel of Arbitrators will be considered by the Arbitration and Contracts Committee with the final endorsement on appointment being made by the BCA’s Management Board.
To be considered for appointment all applicants must meet certain basic criteria – and meeting these criteria will be an on-going requirement for all arbitrators:
Persons who wish to be appointed to the new Panel of Arbitrators, and who are not members of the current Panel of Arbitrators, are invited to submit an application for appointment to the Panel.
Please download and complete a copy of the Application Form.
All applications should be accompanied by a resume of the applicant’s relevant experience in the green coffee trade / industry.
Applicants must indicate their willingness to attend a London Arbitrator Training Course. The cost of attendance for this course will be £350.
Applications may be submitted:
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by fax to +44 1608 644996.
All arbitrators appointed to the new Panel of Arbitrators who are not employed by a Member of the BCA will be required to pay a sum of £250 per year for that appointment.
All details will be available from the BCA – enquiries to: email@example.com
Note of Thanks
We wish to thank members of the BCA’s external arbitration Working Group which included:
For information on the Arbitration Act please follow this link to the UK Arbitration Act 1996
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