CIArb News

Promoting alternative dispute resolution in Scotland

28 Apr 2022

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Law Society of Scotland announce new partnership.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is working in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) to help promote the use of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). With recent disruption to court services, ADR is an attractive option for many clients.

Often ADR may provide a speedier, more flexible and affordable solution in a less adversarial environment, conducive to retaining ongoing relationships. All solicitors should be aware of, and advising clients of, the ADR options available to them. This may be especially beneficial for SMEs who currently may not be aware of, or able to access, suitable forms of ADR to meet their requirements.

We believe that one of the best ways in which we can promote the use of ADR is to provide high quality training to enable aspiring ADR professionals to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in this field.

Between them, CIArb and LSS provide a range of training, qualifications and accreditations ranging from entry level learning opportunities through to CIArb Diplomas and on to specialist accreditation by the LSS.

CIArb provides a range of training courses leading to qualifications in arbitration, mediation and construction adjudication, and to support career development:

CIArb training and development opportunities

We provide a range of training courses leading to qualifications in arbitration, mediation and construction adjudication, and to support career development:

  • Introduction courses – covering the principles, processes and procedures of ADR. These courses lead to Associate membership (ACIArb).
  • Pathway courses – supporting delegates to build their knowledge and skills in particular ADR disciplines. These courses lead to Member or Fellow status (MCIArb or FCIArb).
  • Diplomas – in-depth training from highly experienced tutors. These prestigious Diplomas lead to Member or Fellow status (MCIArb or FCIArb).
  • On-demand courses – ready when you are! Ranging from mediation to award writing.
  • Ongoing Learning – designed to help practitioners deepen their knowledge and skills.

Law Society of Scotland training and development opportunities

As well as CPD seminars and training sessions in dispute resolution, the Law Society accredits those working in arbitration and mediation providing recognition for practitioners with greater experience and expertise.

  • Accredited Mediator – providing accreditation for family mediators and commercial mediators
  • Accredited Specialist in Arbitration Law – recognising solicitors who have a high level of expertise in arbitration law
  • Approved Solicitor Arbitrator – recognising those who have achieved accreditation as an accredited specialist in arbitration law and have undertaken additional formal training such as Fellowship of the CIArb or equivalent experience.

Catherine Dixon, Director General of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), said:

“CIArb is delighted to be working with the Law Society of Scotland to raise awareness and promote the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As a professional body and membership organisation, CIArb offers world-class, internationally recognised training to aspiring and established ADR professionals. CIArb's growing worldwide and diverse membership of over 17,000 professionals operating in 150 jurisdictions through 42 branches, sets the standard for excellence in ADR globally.”

Paul Mosson, Executive Director of Member Services and Engagement at the Law Society of Scotland, said:

“We know that there is a growing interest in alternative forms of dispute resolution among our members, and it is important for solicitors to be aware of those options and be able to offer them to clients. We are committed to helping our members extend and refine their skills in all forms of ADR. By working with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, we can provide a broader range of training and accreditation which will ultimately better equip solicitors with the relevant knowledge and skills.”

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