18 Scope of Arbitration Act 1996

The ‘seat’ of an arbitration is the legal or juridical home of the arbitration1. Hearings in the arbitration proceedings are usually held at the seat, but need not be2.

Most provisions of the Arbitration Act 1996 apply only where the seat of the arbitration is in England and Wales or Northern Ireland. However, certain provisions also apply to arbitrations seated outside England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or where no seat has been designated or determined3. These provisions enable the courts to4:

  1. 18.1

        support arbitration proceedings seated abroad by staying court proceedings brought by a

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