Parliament has afforded the parties to an arbitration an opportunity under the Arbitration Act 1996, among other things, to challenge any award of the arbitral tribunal as to its substantive jurisdiction (section 67)*, to challenge an award on the ground of serious irregularity affecting the tribunal (section 68), and to appeal to the court on a question of law arising out of an award made in the proceedings (section 69).

However, by similarly worded provisions in sections 18(5), 44(7), 67(4), 68(4), and 69(8) of the Act, permission to appeal a decision of the court under those sections may only be granted by that court to the Court of Appeal.

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