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"ADROIT is an independent ADR & Claims Consultancy, providing individually tailored services to match the need of our Clients in India and world-wide."

ADROIT, with its International experience of over 20 years, has been associated with some of the iconic Projects of the MENA area such as PALM JUMEIRAH - DUBAI (www.nakheel.com) and LUSAIL CITY – QATAR (www.lusail.com).ADROIT has elevated their presence in India Now to showcase their skills in effectively managing the Commercial disputes and enhancing constructive value for the money invested by the Clients.

ADROIT delves on Industry best practices in their deliverables. Being the proud member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (www.ciarb.org), ADROIT strives to maintain the equilibrium and offer international standards in Alternate Dispute Resolution. We are also empanelled Arbitrators with Indian Council of Arbitration (www.icaindia.co.in), the premier Arbitral Institution for both domestic and International #Arbitration in India.

As an international consultancy involved in some of the world’s most important and iconic building and infrastructure projects, ADROIT sees this ongoing dedication to excellence not only as an essential part of what makes the company tick, but also as a responsibility as a Pioneer.

At the centre of our business is client focus, which is why we never provide a predetermined set of solutions; Instead, we develop a bespoke offer that responds directly to our customers’ needs.

ADROIT has imprinted an indelible impression in some of the world’s iconic buildings and infrastructure projects with Pioneer responsibility to client focus.

We provide comprehensive services associated with Arbitration /claims in the following domains:

  • Property purchase disputes
  • Trade disputes
  • Construction claims related disputes
  • Stock market related disputes
  • Commercial bank loan disputes
  • Any Commercial and Arbitrable disputes.

Arbitration – A Bird’s Eye View:

Arbitration is the process of settlement of a dispute between the parties to a Contract by a neutral third party (the Arbitrator) without resorting to court action. Arbitration is a vital element of Alternate Dispute Redressal (ADR) Mechanism.

Arbitration agreement or arbitration clause in the Contract is the pre-requisite to seek arbitral remedy. In other words, an arbitration clause in a Contract negates litigation in case of any dispute.

Arbitrable Disputes:

Generally, all disputes which can be decided by a civil court, involving private rights, can be referred to arbitration. Thus, disputes about property or money, or about the amount of damages payable for breach of contract etc., can be referred to arbitration.

However, according to the general practice, following matters are not referred to arbitration.

  • i. Matrimonial matters, like divorce or restitution of conjugal rights;
  • ii. Matters relating to guardianship of a minor or other person under disability;
  • iii. Testamentary matters, for example, questions about the validity of a will;
  • iv. Insolvency matters, such as adjudication of a person as an insolvent;
  • v. Criminal proceedings;
  • vi. Questions relating to charities or charitable trusts;
  • viii. Dissolution or winding up of a company.

Advantages of Arbitration

  • a) Unlike in court, parties can select an arbitrator with an appropriate degree of practical experience.
  • b) Arbitration is often faster than litigation in court, and a time limit can be placed on the length of the process.
  • c) Arbitration can be cheaper and more flexible, more commercial and less formal than court.
  • d) Unlike court rulings, arbitration proceedings and arbitral awards are confidential.
  • e) Unlike in court, there are very limited avenues for appeal of an arbitral award, which limits the duration of the dispute and any associated liability.
  • f) Due to the provisions of the New York Convention 1958, arbitral awards are generally easier to enforce in other nations than court judgments.

Types Of Arbitration:

i. Institutional arbitration

An institutional arbitration is one where a specialised institution is appointed and takes on the role of administering the arbitration process / case management. Following are few of the prestigious

Institutions worldwide:
ii. Ad hoc arbitration

An ad hoc arbitration is one that is not administered by an institution. Parties will determine between themselves all aspects of the arbitration, such as the appointment of arbitrator, applicable rules and timetable for filing various documents.

iii. Domestic

Domestic Arbitration takes place in India when the arbitration proceedings, the subject matter of the Contract and the merits of the dispute are all governed by Indian Law, or when the cause of action for the dispute arises wholly in India or where the parties are otherwise subject to Indian jurisdiction.

iv. International arbitration

International arbitration is Arbitration between companies or individuals in different states, usually by including a provision for future disputes in a contract. International arbitration has different rules than domestic arbitration and has its own non-country-specific standards of ethical conduct.

The predominant system of rules is the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 1958 (the "New York Convention"). The New York Convention was drafted under the auspices of the United Nations and has been ratified by more than 150 countries.

Arbitration In India

The Modern Arbitration Law was enacted in India as early as 1772 . Under the British Regime a more specific arbitration act was enacted in 1940, termed as 'The Arbitration Act, 1940'. It was updated again through the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, enacted in 1996. Off late, more robust Arbitration-and Conciliation Amendment Act 2019 has been promulgated on 9th August 2019.

Salient features of Arbitration-and-Conciliation-Amendment Act-2019

  • Arbitration Council of India: an independent body called the Arbitration Council of India (ACI) for the promotion of arbitration, mediation, conciliation and other alternative dispute redressal mechanisms will be created.
  • Appointment of arbitrators - Under the new Act, the Supreme Court and High Courts may now designate arbitral institutions, which parties can approach for the appointment of arbitrators.
  • Confidentiality of proceedings: The Act provides that all details of arbitration proceedings will be kept confidential except for the details of the arbitral award in certain circumstances.

Path Forward

Arbitration is a vitally important supplement to enhance ease of doing business. It can greatly alleviate the pressure on courts, thereby reducing pendency, as well as instil investor confidence.

Government of India has made major strides in resolving commercial disputes, including major legislative enactments in promoting ADR. Once domestic arbitration becomes popular through institutional arbitration, it eventually will lead to increased international commercial arbitrations being conducted in India. Further, legal fraternity too will be greatly benefited with the increased opportunity in Arbitration!

To promote India as a business and arbitral destination, all Government Contracts should include an Arbitration Institution in the dispute redressal clause. This will enhance transparency and stakeholder’s confidence in Arbitration and ADR as whole.

Frequently Asked Questions

Both arbitration and mediation seek to resolve disputes outside of the courts without resorting to formal litigation, but they are not the same types of processes. Mediation involves a negotiation between the parties that is non-binding with the mediator serving more as a facilitator than anything else, while arbitration operates more like an informal court with the arbitrator operating as a judge. In arbitration, the “ruling” is final and binding, but mediation does not always result in a specific binding solution. While both mediation and arbitration seek to resolve the conflict more quickly and privately, only arbitration can result in a binding outcome that a party does not agree with totally.
Mandatory arbitration has been prohibited in the United States in employee contracts and consumer financial services agreements, and it is limited in consumer contracts.
That depends on the needs of your company. Arbitration clauses are becoming more common, especially in international trade, especially because they are confidential and generally resolved more quickly than in court. That said, it’s best to discuss each individual case with an experienced contracts lawyer who can better explain the advantages and disadvantages of each choice in your unique situation.
Once the arbitration hearing has concluded, the arbitrator considers the evidence each side has submitted. After evaluating the evidence, the arbitrator issues a decision known as an arbitration award. In the award, the arbitrator indicates what each party is entitled to.
Generally speaking, a party may not appeal a lawfully rendered arbitration decision. The mere fact that another arbitrator, upon examining the same evidence, might have reached a different conclusion, is not sufficient grounds for setting an arbitration award aside.

Nonetheless, there are some narrow circumstances under which an arbitration award can be appealed to a court, and set aside. An arbitration award may be set aside when:

The arbitrator lacked the jurisdiction to render the award. A court may find jurisdiction is absent when, for example, the subject matter of the dispute is not something that can be arbitrated;

The dispute in question is not covered by a valid arbitration agreement. An example of when a dispute is not covered by a valid arbitration agreement is when the arbitrator rules on an issue the parties did not agree to have arbitrated;

The arbitration proceeding was tainted by fraud; or

The arbitrator engaged in misconduct that affected the arbitrator’s decision.
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