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Furley Page Sponsors Centenary Celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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The use of arbitration to resolve disputes has never been more relevant following the Government’s recent decision to dramatically increase court fees as part of its austerity measures.

It can now cost up to £10,000 in fees to issue a claim in the civil courts, which makes finding ways to resolve disputes quickly and economically before they ever get to court a key challenge.

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in facilitating the dispute resolution process, a theme which will be explored at the centenary celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Kent law firm Furley Page, top rated in Kent for Dispute Resolution, is co-sponsoring this year’s conference, which will include a mock arbitration with live participation from the Institute’s New York branch – appropriately via a web link.

The other co-sponsor is Baker Tilly, a leading independent firm of accountants and business advisers.

Peter Hawkes, Senior Partner at Furley Page and Head of Dispute Resolution, says: “Strong reservations have been expressed within the legal profession about the rise in court fees and the effect it will have on access to justice.

“The increase will inevitably lead to consideration of other forms of dispute resolution, such as arbitration.

“Arbitration is a flexible means of determining disputes. It is, first and foremost, a private process which can be attractive. Parties agree to refer a dispute to an arbitrator who will make a finding that will be binding and the decision of an arbitrator can be easily enforced through the courts if necessary,” adds Peter, a Chartered Member of the Institute.

“There are a number of arbitration schemes which have rules that are specially designed to fit with different types of activity. They are particularly useful in the construction field and where there may be cross-border contracts,” says Peter.

“However, they can be used in many other areas and arbitration often provides a speedier and more cost-effective way of resolving differences than going to court.

“Use of technology, the theme of the Institute’s conference, is one of a number of measures being considered in order to speed up what can be a very long process.”

Peter Hawkes is Top Ranked as a Leading Individual in dispute resolution by Chambers UK, an independent guide to the legal profession. His team is ranked No 1 in Kent.

Peter and his team of highly experienced specialists can advise on the use of arbitration and guide clients through the entire process. For further advice, call Peter on 01227 763939, email him at pwh@furleypage.co.uk, or visit www.furleypage.co.uk. You can also follow the firm on Twitter @furleypage and on LinkedIn.

The Centenary Conference of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators takes place on September 18 at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. For more information about the Institute, go to www.ciarb.org.

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