Small Business Arbitration

Small Business Arbitration Scheme

Small businesses and sole traders have enough to contend with without the stress and expense of legal costs let alone the disruption and the time it takes to get to court. Maintaining business relationships by quickly and effectively reaching mutually satisfactory agreements makes commercial sense.

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How it Works

The fast track small business arbitration service is ideally suited for busy firms and traders, offering the opportunity to submit low-cost disputes, documents and evidence to an arbitrator on-line or at a one-day hearing. In both instances, the arbitrator will provide a reasoned decision binding on both parties and capable of enforcement by the Court.

Fixed Price Dispute Resolution


Ideal for small claims up to £25,000 resolved within
45 days

£250 + VAT


Medium sized disputes with a value of up to

£750 + VAT


For larger value disputes and claims up to

£1250 + VAT

How to Start Small Business Arbitration

The small business arbitration scheme is a voluntary process and requires both parties to have previously agreed by way on an arbitration clause the substantive contract or by the completion of an application form signed by all parties and accompanied by payment of the relevant fees.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Rules

  • CIArb Arbitration Rules (effective 1 Dec 2015)
  • CIArb Arbitration Rules 2000
  • Model Arbitration Clauses CIArb Rules
  • For relatively straightforward and smaller value cases, the parties may wish to consider using the CIArb Cost Controlled Arbitration Rules 2014. See CIArb Cost Controlled Arbitration Rules below.

  • CIARB Rules of Controlled Cost Arbitration