Prepared for the brand new regular: The Worldwide Arbitration Heart is introducing a brand new facility for Covid-compliant disputes in London
The International Arbitration Center (IAC), the purpose-built prime hearing location near the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street, has opened a new Covid-compliant “Super Suite” to accommodate a projected increase in disputes at the center during the hearings will be broadcast from 2020 to 2021 and beyond.
With the introduction of a new Supersuite, the 25,000 square meter IAC has added its most technically advanced facility to date and offers space for up to 100 people – if socially distant – with up to 50 socially distant participants in its main lecture room.
The center is designed to meet strict standards of confidentiality, convenience and accessibility and to resolve the largest and most complex arbitration business disputes. It is designed to have separate elevators, offices, relaxation rooms and work areas in line with the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.
The suite meets the requirements of all leading arbitration institutions as well as ad hoc arbitration and complies with the recently issued protocol for case management of international arbitration with double interpretation booths, desks for tribunal secretaries, court reporters and secretarial support.
The technology is at the heart of the new facility. Presentation screens at each main switch feature a recessed 34-inch screen for projecting evidence, transcripts, and video conferencing. All IAC facilities integrate seamlessly with IAC Online, a recognized market leading, bespoke online arbitration platform.
Each party has direct access from the main hearing room to extensive breakout rooms that serve as extensions to their respective law firms and contain everything necessary to conduct an efficient and timely dispute.
In addition to virtual hearings, each listening suite at the IAC offers seamless semi-virtual or hybrid solutions, while the new floor is suitable for multi-party disputes with natural wall-to-wall light.
Each desk offers a line of sight to in-desk or overhead screens and 4 PTZ HD cameras that cover every seating position in the room and offer fully integrated, physical, virtual or semi-virtual options.
Owen Lawrence, CEO of the IAC, said, “We have continued to focus on the customer and make the listening experience as calming, efficient and smooth as possible.”
He added: “Each party can be accommodated in a three room conference suite with video conferencing, photocopying and audiovisual facilities. The teams can work in rooms with direct access to the listening room, while the customers can follow the proceedings via a live stream in the breakout rooms.
‘Those who saw the facilities were very impressed; This new floor is a letter of intent to add much-needed capacity to the London dispute settlement facilities. It raises the bar in terms of facility management for everyone involved in arbitration. ‘