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Part I Background to the Arbitration Act 1996

Arbitration Act 1996, Merkin and Flannery on the

Page 1 Part I Background to the Arbitration Act 1996 Introduction Background to the Act Now almost a quarter of a century old, 1 at the time of its implementation the Arbitration Act 1996 was intended to be both a fresh start and the closest thing to a definitive code of arbitration law that had ever been enacted in England. 2 It was appropriately described by the late, great Lord (Michael) Mustill as a ‘complete spring clean’ of English arbitration law. 3

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