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If it ain't broke, don't fix it? The Law Commission's review of The Arbitration Act 1996

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15 February 2022

Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group invites you to join a discussion of the reforms of the Arbitration Act 1996 being considered by the Law Commission (and some reforms that are not).

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Monday, 7 March 2022 - 17.00-19.00

On 30 November 2021, the Law Commission announced it will conduct a review of the Arbitration Act 1996. The aim of the review is to “enhance the experience for those who choose to arbitrate in England and Wales and maintain English law as the gold standard in international arbitrations,” and reflect modern arbitration practices in the Act, which is now 25 years old.

Chaired by Law Commissioner Professor Sarah Green, the panel discussion will examine some specific aspects of the Act, which might be ripe for reform to ensure that English-seated arbitrations continue to meet the needs of users of arbitration in the 21st century.

Topics for discussion include:

  • the power to summarily dismiss unmeritorious claims or defences in arbitration proceedings
  • the procedure for challenging a jurisdiction award
  • the law concerning confidentiality and privacy in arbitration proceedings

Welcome & Introduction


  • Prof. Sarah Green, Law Commissioner


  • Kate Davies McGill, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Sir Bernard Eder, Arbitrators at 24 Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Constantine Partasides QC, Three Crowns
  • Professor Dr Maxi Scherer, Queen Mary University of London & Wilmerhale

Hybrid Event*

Allen & Overy, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD or Zoom

Date and time

Monday, 7th March 2022
17:00-19:00, followed by networking and refreshments for in person attendees

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* Regulations on the relevant date permitting. Numbers of in-person attendees will be strictly limited. Advance registration is mandatory for this event. In the event that it is not possible to host guests in person, this will go ahead as a wholly virtual event.