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HFW Briefing – Adam & Eve & Arbitration

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Brian Perrott

 Adam & Eve & Arbitration

There are still arbitration clauses that contain arcane language requiring arbitrators to be “commercial men”. In this article we examine how the English courts have interpreted this “commercial men” wording and consider whether this could ever serve to restrict the appointment of women arbitrators. We suggest that there is no objective justification for such wording, which undermines the efforts being made to improve gender diversity in arbitration. Private practice and in-house lawyers drafting bespoke arbitration clauses, as well as trade associations drafting standard form clauses, should adopt more modern language.

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