Enforcement of an arbitration award

Arbitration in England is governed by the Arbitration Act 1996. The act presents a statutory basis from which to enforce arbitration awards.

Under section 66(1) of the Arbitration Act 1996: ‘An award made by the tribunal pursuant to an arbitration agreement may, by leave of the court, be enforced in the same manner as a judgment or order of the court to the same effect.’

To obtain the leave (permission) of the court, an applicant has to make a court application. The application is made without notice to the opponent (respondent). Permission to enforce is usually given; judgment can then be entered in the terms of the award and the judgment can be enforced in the same way as a judgment…

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