Society for Computers and Law Adjudication Scheme (SCLA)

Guidance Notes, Application Form, Eligibility Document and Schedule of Charges

Key details of the Scheme:
A three-month procedure for “technology” disputes – meaning any dispute arising from a contract for the provision of tech-related goods and services including software development contracts, outsourcing arrangements, systems integration contracts, IT consultancy contracts, software licensing agreements, blockchain/smart contracts and cloud computing contracts.

No restriction on the size or scope of tech disputes that may be referred.

A pre-selected panel of adjudicators (set up and maintained by SCL) from which an adjudicator may be chosen for individual adjudications.

SCLA Documents:

SCL Adjudication Scheme Rules

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Eligibility Document

Schedule of Charges

Presentation slides from the launch event - 15 October 2019

The scheme is the result of considerable work by a small and dedicated group of SCL members over the past two years, growing out of the SCL Better Contracts Initiative. The scheme was launched on 15 October 2019 in London.

The Drafting Committee:
Michael Bywell, Hausfeld & Co LLP
Matthew Lavy, 4 Pump Court
Michael Lazarus, 3VB
David McIlwaine, Pinsent Masons

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