Scottish barristers to take personal injury arbitration online
Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates is to launch a personal injury arbitration service in an attempt to lure alternative dispute resolution work away from London (Greig Cameron writes).
The body that represents barristers in Scotland said the service, which opens next month, will involve about 40 junior advocates and QCs who will be available to act as representatives to parties wishing to pursue arbitration. The service will be added to existing schemes aimed at family and agricultural law. And from next year, the Faculty said, the “vast majority” of the process will be accessible online.
From September, parties will be able to download from arbitration clauses, submission agreements, arbitration rules, arbitrator appointment forms, and all other necessary material required to enable arbitrations to commence from the Faculty’s website.
The faculty said it will also supply arbitrators who are qualified to decide disputes with the appointment service to be headed by Lord Eassie, a former senator of the College of Justice.
Gordon Jackson, QC, the dean of the Faculty, said the personal injury service was “about extending consumer choice for people seeking compensation”. “It puts a new product in the marketplace, delivered by advocates who are qualified experts in the field of arbitration and personal injury claims. It is a genuine alternative to litigation,” he said.