London Maritime Arbitrators Association

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: London Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • City: London
  • Type of organization: not-for-profit Company
  • Date of creation: 1960
  • Interests: Arbitration - Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Maritime Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Quote

“The shipping and commodity trades of the world are unusual in that they do not regard… arbitration with abhorrence. On the contrary, they regard it as a normal incident of commercial life – a civilised way of resolving the many differences of opinion which are bound to arise…

As a result, a domestic arbitration service has grown up in London, which serves the shipping and commodity trades on a world-wide basis. I say ‘domestic’ because an important characteristic is that the arbitrators are not regarded as outsiders.” Lord Donaldson of Lymington

[edit] Overview

More maritime disputes are referred to arbitration in London than to any other place where arbitration services are offered. In 2009 LMAA Full Members received about 4,445 new arbitration appointments and more than 647 awards were published by them.

Arbitrations in London are conducted under the Arbitration Act 1996. The LMAA Terms are the terms on which LMAA members usually accept arbitration appointments in maritime cases. Where the members of the tribunal accept the appointment on such terms they therefore apply to and govern the procedure adopted in the arbitration reference. The Terms have been altered from time to time and the current version is the LMAA Terms (2006) .

The LMAA has also instituted its Small Claims Procedure (SCP), Fast and Low Cost Arbitration (FALCA) and Mediation Terms which together offer those involved in maritime matters a wide range of choice for the resolution of disputes.

[edit] Objects of the LMAA

One of the main objects of the LMAA is:

  • "to advance and encourage the professional knowledge of London maritime arbitrators and, by recommendation and advice, to assist the expeditious procedure and disposal of disputes".

[edit] Members of the LMAA

Full members of the LMAA are those arbitrators practising maritime arbitration in London who have satisfied the LMAA Committee that they are and have been working as arbitrators and are capable of properly conducting themselves as arbitrators, writing awards, and so on. They come from many backgrounds: there are former brokers, owners, charterers, operators, consultants, surveyors, mariners, P&I Club executives, lawyers and judges.

[edit] Activities

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association is, as its name implies, an association of maritime arbitrators practising in London. It exists to promote and support London maritime arbitration in various ways. It does not administer or supervise the conduct of arbitrations (unlike, for example, the Chambre Arbitrale Maritime in Paris, or the ICC International Court of Arbitration): the arbitrations its members conduct remain ad hoc and are administered by the tribunals involved.

Occasionally, however, the LMAA (or, more usually, the President for the time being) will appoint arbitrators, when an arbitration agreement provides for it to do so or when parties specially agree that it should.

The LMAA does not seek to train or educate arbitrators: its full members are considered capable of acting as arbitrators when they are admitted to membership. It usually has between 40 and 50 full members, as well as a number of retired members. In order to maintain the fullest possible links with the users of London maritime arbitration and their representatives it also maintains a category of Supporting Membership usually of some 700 or more individuals.

The LMAA has also published a set of Terms, the LMAA Terms (2006) subject to which members accept arbitration appointments and which thus govern the very large majority of London maritime arbitrations.

[edit] Contact

RodWell House. 100, Middlesex Street - London E1 7HD - United Kingdom

Tel: +44 207 377 5055

Fax: +44 207 377 0065


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