Not so long ago, we were all advising our clients that in weighing up the pros and cons of going to arbitration to settle financial remedy disputes. One major ‘con’ was the ability to ‘appeal’ was severely curtailed under the Arbitration Act when compared with court proceedings. Of course, that was always offset by a mirror ‘pro’, that if you got a better-than-deserved result the other side, could not easily challenge it either. And in reality, those practitioners who do sit as arbitrators constitute the crème-de-la-crème of our profession – or nobody would want them to arbitrate for them. So, the chances of someone like that, with proper time to read the papers and hear the pa...

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