519. Commencement of the arbitral proceedings.

Parties to an arbitration agreement1 are free to agree when arbitral proceedings are to be regarded as commenced for the purposes of Part I of the Arbitration Act 19962 and for the purposes of the Limitation Acts3.

If there is no such agreement4, then:

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    (1)     where the arbitrator5 is named or designated in the arbitration agreement, arbitral proceedings6 are commenced in respect of a matter when one party serves on the other party or parties a notice in writing7 requiring him or them to submit that matter to the person so named or designated8;

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    (2)     where the arbitrator or arbitrators