Unless all relevant parties expressly agree to confer such power on the arbitrator, he has no power to order consolidation of proceedings or concurrent hearings in two arbitrations arising out of different contracts1. Thus some standard forms of contract2 attempt to overcome this difference by providing for a dispute concerning a contract or sub-contract to be referred to the arbitrator appointed under another related contract. However, these attempts can be subject to procedural difficulties arising from the absence of contractual privity between three or more parties3. Where the dispute may in reality not concern one person, such as the
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