Faculty to be part of promotion of Scotland as centre for dispute resolution
THE Scottish Government has announced a new collaborative partnership, including the Faculty, to promote Scotland as a world-class centre for dispute resolution.
The Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, MSP, chose the Faculty’s Arbitration in Scotland Conference 2019 to make the announcement.
The initiative was welcomed by Angela Grahame, QC, Vice-Dean of Faculty, who said it would ensure that “we in this jurisdiction best present the talents and skills of our members on an international as well as a domestic scale.”
In a speech to the Conference, Ms Denham said Scotland had a diverse dispute resolution landscape, which provided options to parties. She highlighted the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 as world-leading legislation and giving Scotland one of the most modern systems of arbitration.
She looked forward to the 2020 Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) in Edinburgh in a year’s time.
“The Conference will put Scotland in the spotlight and will give our great nation an unprecedented profile in the international legal sphere,” she said.
“Collaboration and partnership working brings benefit for all of us. And I am pleased to announce today a new collaborative partnership to promote dispute resolution in Scotland.
“The Scottish Government, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland, Faculty of Advocates, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Scottish Branch) and the Law Society of Scotland recognise that our shared objective is to promote Scotland as a world-class centre for dispute resolution to businesses across the UK and across the globe.”
The campaign would:
- Promote the value of dispute resolution to existing and potential practitioners (to encourage more to consider developing alternative dispute resolution practices)
- Demonstrate how easy dispute resolution in Scotland could be
- Set out the attractiveness of Scotland as a dispute resolution centre to potential clients (individuals, small enterprises and large corporate clients)
- Showcase Scotland as an internationally-recognised leading seat of arbitration.
Angela Grahame, QC, commented: “The Faculty of Advocates was delighted to welcome Ash Denham, MSP, to our Arbitration in Scotland Conference 2019. We commend this initiative and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other key stakeholders, looking to ICCA 2020 and beyond. Working alongside the Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland ensures that we in this jurisdiction best present the talents and skills of our members on an international as well as a domestic scale.”