For the purposes of Part I of the Arbitration Act 19961, 'arbitration agreement' means an agreement to submit to arbitration present or future disputes2, whether they are contractual or not3.
The provisions of Part I only apply where the arbitration agreement is in writing4, and any other agreement between the parties5 as to any matter is effective for the purposes of those provisions only if in writing6. There is an agreement in writing if:
(1) the agreement is made in writing, whether or not it is signed by the parties7;
(2) the agreement is made by exchange of communications in
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