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The Arbitration Act 1996 10 Years On: What the Users Say

15th November 2006

As the tenth anniversary of the Arbitration Act 1996 approached, a number of bodies, in particular the Commercial Court Users' Committee, the British Maritime Law Association and the London Shipping Law Centre, thought it would be appropriate to review the Act's workings to see whether, in the light of experience, any revisions might usefully be proposed. At their request, Bruce Harris agreed to set up and chair a committee to organize a comprehensive survey into how the Act has worked in practice. That has now taken place, with over 700 responses having been received. The resulting report (which it is hoped will be published before the end of November 2006) will describe the work done and set out the committee's conclusions.

A summary of the methodology for the survey and list of the members of its Steering Committee can be found here. The questionnaire used for the survey may be downloaded here (for reference use only).

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