Arbitration skills for litigation attorneys

    Fast forward: Arbitration skills for the busy civil litigation attorney

    A course in arbitration procedure

    Do you want to switch from litigation to arbitration or add arbitration to the services you offer?  Are you just as confident with arbitration as with litigation?  This accelerated course will help you to fast-track the process of gaining experience so that you’ll be able to arbitrate with confidence, sooner.

    This three-day course will give you insight into national and international arbitration legislation, the differences between the various arbitration rules, and the pitfalls practitioners often fall into when conducting arbitration proceedings.

    After attending this course, you will be able to conduct an arbitration more efficiently and ensure that your client’s disputes are resolved in a speedier and more cost-effective manner.  The course is presented by masters in their field who have extensive experience in proficiently resolving disputes through arbitration.

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    Who should attend this course?

    • Legal practitioners whose practices currently make use of arbitration as a dispute resolution procedure and represent clients in arbitration; and
    • legal practitioners who want to develop their skills as arbitrators so that their practices can make use of arbitration as a dispute resolution procedure in future.

    Only legal practitioners and candidate legal practitioners can register for this course.

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    Benefits of attending this course

    • This course aims to equip you, the legal practitioner, with the skills you need to conduct an arbitration more efficiently and ensure that your client’s disputes are resolved more speedily and cost-effectively. 
    • Our course provides you with insight and understanding into how arbitration proceedings differ from court proceedings, why that distinction is important and how the arbitration process can benefit your client.
    • This course has been developed in such a way that you will acquire:
      • the necessary insight into the criteria of appointing arbitrators for the different types of disputes,
      • a knowledge of the legislation and rules to be followed when commencing an arbitration, and
      • an understanding of how to drive the arbitration proceedings.
    • This course has both a theoretical and a practical element to it and is presented in an interactive manner, giving delegates the opportunity to contribute to and participate in the discussions.
    • The course is presented by trainers who have vast experience in dispute resolution, and who have been involved in arbitration disputes for many years.

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    • Our training programme is divided into theory sessions, a take-home assignment and a practical feedback session which includes the independent drafting of an arbitration agreement, a statement of claim, and a witness statement.

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    Logistics & details

    • The sessions are online and interactive, presented via Zoom.
    • The sessions are presented over three mornings.
    • All sessions take place from 8:30-13:00.
    • Class sizes are limited to ensure an interactive class setting.
    • Delegates will receive a comprehensive reference manual.
    • Manuals are sent electronically in PDF format.

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    Learning outcomes

    • How arbitration proceedings differ from court proceedings.
    • Arbitration rules and procedures.
    • Referral of a dispute for arbitration.
    • Domestic arbitration nomination bodies (Association of Arbitrators, AFSA) and international arbitration nomination bodies (ICC).
    • Who to appoint as an arbitrator.
    • What to expect during the pre-arbitration meeting.
    • How the process should be driven by a legal practitioner.
    • Preparing an arbitration agreement.
    • Preparing a witness statement and what to include.
    • Preparing a statement of claim.
    • The importance of discovery in arbitration (the Redfern Discovery procedure).
    • Interim relief.
    • The arbitration hearing.
    • When a witness statement can be amended and whether the witness may be led during the arbitration hearing.
    • Enforcing your arbitration award and review thereof.
    • The UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

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    Our promise

    • You will save both time and money by attending this accelerated course instead of trying to study all the ins and outs of arbitration by yourself as you go along.
    • You will benefit from the presenters’ experience in the field as you not only learn the theory but also practise the skills of drafting an arbitration agreement, a statement of claim, and a witness statement.
    • By attending this course, you will acquire a whole new skill set which will enable you to keep up with the times.

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