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This Practice Note considers the time limits for bringing challenges and appeals in respect of arbitral awards before the English court, as well as related matters. Where relevant, this Practice Note should be read with our guidance on the substantive challenge and appeal applications (see the ‘Related documents’).
Under the Arbitration Act 1996 (AA 1996), challenges and appeals in respect of arbitral awards can be brought under the following sections:
AA 1996, s 67—challenging the award for lack of substantive jurisdiction
AA 1996, s 68—challenging the award for serious irregularity
AA 1996, s 69—appeal of the award on a point of law
In each case, it is vital to be aware that there is, generally speaking, a 28-day time limit to bring the challenge or appeal before the court (AA 1996, s 70(3)). This very short timetable is said to reflect the principles of speed and finality of arbitration which are reflected in the overall ethos of AA 1996. As such, it is important to act quickly when considering whether to challenge or appeal an award, and to issue any arbitration claim within the time limits set out in the Act.
The important 28-day period runs from either:
the date of the award, or
if there has been any
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