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An impartial arbitration service and system to resolve disputes efficiently and fairly.

The FOSFA arbitration service provides parties who use our standard contract forms with a system to resolve contractual matters in dispute via a neutral, impartial body and peer group of adjudicators.

To claim arbitration, a party must give simultaneous written notice to the other party and the Federation detailing the name of the appointed arbitrator and the nature of the dispute. This must be done within a certain time limit, which can be found in the Rules of Arbitration and Appeal document.

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The benefits of using the FOSFA arbitration service

The Domicile Clause of FOSFA Contracts determines that the parties are deemed to have entered into terms as though they were made in England and in consequence English Law applies to the terms agreed upon. Contracts that refer to other domiciles and different laws, and arbitration would follow a different path. 

The Arbitration Act 1996 is the statutory authority for arbitration practices in England and it recognises that institution arbitration follows where an arbitration agreement exists in the terms of business between parties.


A detailed review of our arbitration service led to revised rules, guide and code of practice that became effective from 1 April 2021. Parties who would like access to previous versions of these publications can request them by contacting us and stating that the previous rules would apply to their dispute resolution. 

Using the FOSFA arbitration service, you will have access to: 

  • Experienced and knowledgeable arbitrators
  • A tried and tested system for dispute resolution
  • Clear rules, guides and a code of practice that ensures fairness and transparency
  • A private method of dispute resolution 
  • A cost-effective solution

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Source: FOSFA International Membership Survey Results 2021

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