Am Bratach No. 235
May 2011

Asainteach heads arbitration centre

Andrew Mackenzie, a native of Culkein Stoer, was recently appointed head of the new Scottish Arbitration Centre, based at Dolphin House in Edinburgh. He is on secondment from the Scottish Government Justice Directorate. The centre was opened by Fergus Ewing, minister for community safety, and Jim Mather, minister for enterprise, energy and tourism, in the outgoing government.

The centre is a non-profit company limited by guarantee made up of the Law Society of Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Scottish Ministers.

Andrew Mackenzie.


The proposed objects of the centre will be to promote domestic and international arbitration under Scots Law; promote Scotland as a place to arbitrate; increase the number of arbitrations under Scots law; increase the level of business for arbitration advisers; and increase the number of appointments for arbitrators based in Scotland.

Mr Mackenzie, 32, attended Stoer Primary School and Golspie High School. He joined the Scottish Government as a trainee solicitor in 2002, following graduation from the University of Dundee. As a solicitor he advised the Scottish Government Health Department, which involved drafting subordinate legislation and instructing counsel in judicial reviews. In 2008, he was appointed by Lord Cullen to be Secretary of his Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation. In 2009, he became Head of Courts and Legal Services Reform in the Scottish Government Justice Directorate, and had policy responsibility for the Legal Services (Scotland ) Bill and civil court rules. Since August 2010, he also had responsibility for the response to the Scottish Civil Courts Review and policy on alternative dispute resolution, including the Government manifesto commitment to establish a Scottish Arbitration Centre.

He said: “My new role is an exciting challenge. Not many civil servants, or indeed solicitors, get to be the chief executive of a private company. The aim of the various bodies involved in the centre is to put Scotland on the arbitration map. I look forward to promoting Scottish arbitration, and developing this essentially untapped market to the benefit of the wider economy.”

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