How can I appoint an independent arbitrator?

I act for a client in a commercial dispute where negotiations are at a deadlock. There is no arbitration clause. Is there a process for appointing an independent arbitrator if both parties agree to this?

If the dispute does not involve an agreement with an arbitration clause, the parties can jointly agree to submit it to arbitration, with the Law Society president named as the appointing authority.

We’ve produced a simple draft agreement for this purpose. You can make an application to

For more information, see our guidance on appointing an arbitrator.


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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