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On 11 April 2024, Baker McKenzie launched the Arbitration Bill Progress Tracker, hosted on Global Arbitration News. The Tracker provides an overview of the Arbitration Bill, a guide to the key proposed changes and implications if the Bill is passed, and maps out the Bill’s progress, which will be updated regularly.

The UK government asked the Law Commission to review the Arbitration Act 1996 to determine whether any amendments are required in order to ensure that the Act remains fit for purpose and continues to promote the UK as a leading destination for commercial arbitration. The Arbitration Bill was introduced into Parliament on 21 November 2023.

Arbitration Bill halted (updated 13 June 2024)

One impact of the Prime Minister’s decision to call the general election for 4 July is that there will be no further progress in the Arbitration Bill until after the election.

While other pieces of legislation such as the Post Office Bill was rushed through its final stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords as part of the “washup” process – where certain, mainly uncontroversial bills in their ultimate stages are fast tracked through the legislative process before parliament is dissolved – the Arbitration Bill has been halted. This means that any reforms to the Arbitration Act 1996 will be decided by the next parliament and a new government following the election.

It is possible that the Bill may be further delayed by the incoming administration of the elected party as it may seek to push its manifesto commitments through parliament in its first month.

We will be keeping an eye on the situation and will continue to monitor the progress of a new Arbitration Bill in the next parliament, should it be re-introduced.


Kate Corby is a partner in Baker McKenzie's London office. She has two decades' experience in representing clients in complex international arbitration under many different arbitral rules, as well as in court litigation, adjudication, expert determination and mediation. Kate specializes in construction and engineering disputes, and in recent years much of her work has involved projects in the Middle East. Kate is ranked in The Legal 500, Chambers and WWL for her arbitration work.


Steve Abraham is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution practice in London. He joined Baker & McKenzie from another leading international firm in January 2013. Steve has extensive experience in international arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation; he focuses on disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. He is also a solicitor advocate. Steve is recognised in his field by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Steve Abraham can be reached at and + 44 20 7919 1440.


Andy is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London. He advises clients on international, commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as in complex, often multijurisdictional litigation, mediations and expert determinations. He also advises clients on issues pertaining to private and public international law. Andy is recommended in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 and individually ranked in the field of International Arbitration by Chambers UK, who describe him as "a 'superb' practitioner," and "very commercial" and also recognized by Legal 500, who call him "an arbitration doyen."


Edward Poulton is Managing Partner in Baker McKenzie’s London office and a member of the Dispute Resolution team. A key name in the arbitration community, Ed sits as an arbitrator in ICC and LCIA arbitrations, and is the consulting editor of a seminal text on the arbitration of M&A disputes. He also sits on the steering committee for the Firm’s Global International Arbitration Practice Group. Ed is recognised in the fields of international arbitration and public international law by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Ed Poulton can be reached at and +44 20 7919 1606.


Judith Mulholland is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team of Baker McKenzie in London. Judith has considerable experience in international commercial arbitration, including ICC, LCIA, SCC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996, as well as ancillary and enforcement proceedings before the English Courts. She regularly advises clients on complex and high-value litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.