Contract Arbitrator – Event Cancellation Dispute Arbitrator, Force Majeure Clause Dispute – Reasonable Fees and Good Availability – Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers

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Contract Dispute Arbitrator 

An arbitrator, or an arbitration tribunal, obtains jurisdiction to adjudicate and decide a dispute from an agreement / contract which has been made by the parties to the arbitration.

This jurisdiction is not typically provided by legislation, though there are exceptions, such as the arbitration provision deemed by statute to be included in a condominium declaration.

Even if there is no arbitration clause in the contract or agreement made by the parties and a dispute arises, then parties to that contract may still agree to have their dispute determined by arbitration.

The parties to a contract may prefer to have a dispute determined by arbitration, since it is presumptively a confidential process, it may be faster and less expensive than going to court, or they may wish to participate in the selection of the adjudicator.

Common Contractual Issues Arbitrated – Cancellation and Force Majeure Clause 

One of the most common disputes or differences arbitrated concerns the interpretation of the contract in determining the right and obligation of performance or relief from performance, including termination, cancellation, or suspension from performance due to the occurrence of a force majeure contract clause event.

Other issues commonly arising concerning a contract are disputes about whether there has been a breach of contract and what damages flow from the breach. On other occasions, the dispute may relate to alleged rights to cancel or terminate the contract, or suspend its operation.  Arbitrators may even to be asked to decide whether the agreement from which they derive jurisdiction is valid or void, or if it should be “re-written” through the remedy of rectification so that it accords with an actual agreement.

Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers 

The arbitrators and mediators at Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers accept appointments for alternative dispute resolution in local and international commercial, business, shareholder, partnership, joint venture, contract, property, real estate, condominium, commercial leasing, sale of goods, insurance, reinsurance, and marine disputes, at reasonable hourly rates (from $350 per hour plus facilities and applicable taxes), and with good availability.

Type of Contracts Where Arbitration is Used to Resolve Disputes 

As mentioned, some statutes require that defined disputes be resolved by arbitration. In other cases, the members of the industry commonly use arbitration to resolve disputes, because of its private process and because they can contractually decide the arbitration procedures and the law that will govern the dispute referred to arbitration. It is therefore not surprising that many standard form contracts include an arbitration clause.

Arbitration clauses may be found in most types of contracts and industries. These may include contracts of the following type and used ion the following industries.

Contact Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers

Please contact Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers if you are considering the appointment of an arbitrator for a Contract Dispute or wish to determine the availability of an arbitrator.


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David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer and Arbitrator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer and Arbitrator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb, Lawyer and Arbitrator David has practiced over 35 years as a commercial and business litigator in diverse matters in the courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Ontario, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. Also admitted in New York. The ADR Institute of Canada has accredited David as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb). He accepts appointment as a commercial, business, condo and marine arbitrator. Bio | Lawyer | Arbitrator | Contact

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