CIArb News

Coronavirus Commercial Rent Debt Arbitration Scheme

13 Apr 2022

On the 24th March 2022, the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act received Royal Assent in the UK.  The Act introduced a new statutory arbitration process for disputes relating to commercial rent arrears accrued when businesses in the UK were forced to close due to government-mandated Covid-19 lockdowns.

As an approved arbitration body, CIArb is accepting applications from parties covered by the Act and will appoint suitable arbitrators from our existing panels.

Please note that the Coronavirus Commercial Rent Debt Arbitration Scheme is now open for applications.

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If you would like to enquire about the service, please email

There are four key areas to the Act, across the 31 sections:

  • Sections 1-6: an overview of the Act
  • Sections 7-22 and Schedule 1: introduces and sets the boundaries of a binding arbitration process to be used with parties do not agree on a solution for outstanding rent arrears
  • Sections 23-27, and Schedule 2 and 3: extends existing restrictions on enforcing business rent arrears
  • Sections 28 to 31: occupied by the scope and the extent of the Bill

Business Minister Paul Scully said: “This new law will give commercial tenants and landlords the ability to draw a line under the uncertainty caused by the pandemic so they can plan ahead and return to normality.”

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will issue further guidance to landlords and tenants as well as to arbitrators on how the process will work for all parties, which CIArb will share once published.

17 Nov 2022


From 5-16 September 2022, UNCITRAL Working Group (WG) III and from 10-14 October 2022, UNCITRAL WG II met in Vienna to advance their work on the reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and on Dispute Settlement respectively.

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16 Nov 2022

ADR APPG session on Law Commission consultation on Arbitration Act 1996

The review of the Arbitration Act 1996 was the focus for the Alternative Dispute Resolution All-Party Parliamentary Group for (ADR APPG) at its session on Tuesday 15 November 2022.

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15 Nov 2022

Ciarb’s NAB & Brazil Branch Join Forces on CSP

Ciarb’s North America (NAB) and Brazil Branches, and the University of  Miami, School of Law, joined forces this year to offer the Capacity Sharing Program (CSP) in three Brazilian regions that are traditionally less exposed to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. 

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