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Arbitration (Scotland) ACT 2010

Arbitration agreements

Section 5 – Separability

28.Section 5(1) provides that an arbitration agreement which is part of another agreement is to be treated as separate from the principal contract. Accordingly, section 5(2) means that where it is alleged that the principal contract is void or non-existent, voidable or otherwise unenforceable, the arbitrator will not lack jurisdiction over the dispute in question only as a result of that fact. Section 5(3) means that a tribunal can rule on whether an agreement that includes an arbitration agreement is valid in accordance with that arbitration agreement.

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