555. Power to determine a preliminary point of law.

Unless otherwise agreed by the parties1, the court2 may, on the application of a party to arbitral proceedings and upon notice3 to the other parties, determine any question of law4 arising in the course of the proceedings which the court is satisfied substantially affects the rights of one or more of the parties5. Such an application must not be considered unless6:


    (1)     it is made with the agreement of all the other parties to the proceedings7; or


    (2)     it is made with the permission of the arbitral tribunal8 and the court is satisfied9 (a) that the determination of the