The Scottish Arbitration Survey

The Scottish Arbitration Survey

The  Scottish Arbitration Survey is a joint initiative by the University of Aberdeen, the Law Society of Scotland, and Burness Paull, supported by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Scottish Arbitration Centre, to collect data and report upon arbitration use, attitudes and trends.

It is now just over four years since the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 came into effect on 7 June 2010. It is very important at this juncture to understand how many arbitrations are taking place, what types of disputes are going to arbitration, attitudes to arbitration, and the changes that might be encouraged to the practice of arbitration in Scotland to improve confidence in the process.

Whatever your discipline, please contribute to this important survey into use of, and attitudes to, arbitration

The survey asks questions which are tailored to your particular area of practice. For this reason, the survey is focused and will not take long to complete. You are asked to complete the survey by clicking on the following link:

The first survey covers the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

Arbitration is a process for determination of disputes by an appropriate person of skill. The starting point to achieve a greater diversity for the use of arbitration, is an understanding of the particular needs of different end users.

Those who choose arbitration as the appropriate method of dispute resolution are often non contentious lawyers and advisers, who advise clients on the appropriateness of an arbitration clause when entering into contracts. The views of all advisers, not just those directly involved in dispute resolution and arbitration, are therefore important, and invited in this survey. So too are the views of end users. As well as directly approaching businesses, in-house solicitors are asked to complete the survey as representatives of the businesses they work with, to provide the Survey with end user experiences and attitudes.

Of course all those directly involved in dispute resolution are asked to respond to the survey. We would also ask for the input of those who act as arbitrators, and are looking to receive responses from all arbitrators practising in Scotland.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email Derek Auchie, at the University of Aberdeen (

Understanding about use of arbitrations and attitudes to it, is of real importance to the efficiency of dispute resolution in Scotland.

Please complete the survey before 12 November 2014, when the Survey will start analysing the data and producing their Report.