SCL Adjudication Scheme (SCLA)

Guidance Notes, Application Form, Eligibility Document, Schedule of Charges and list of panel members of the SCLA Scheme

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 Scheme Panel:
Zoe O’Sullivan KC, Serle Court
Clive Freedman, 3VB
Dr Robin Callender Smith FCIArb, ARBITA 
Simon Henderson, 4 Pump Court
Michael Silverleaf KC
, 11 South Square
Robin Somerville
Nicholas Gould
, Partner, Fenwick Elliott LLP
Peter Susman KC, Henderson Chambers

Members of the adjudication panel are tech law professionals with considerable experience of both technology and dispute resolution matters. Applications are assessed to ensure candidates meet the required eligibility standards and appointment is then approved by members of the SCL Board of Trustees. The SCL adjudication panel is subject to regular review. 

SCLA Documents:

SCL Adjudication Scheme Rules

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Eligibility Document

Schedule of Charges

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.


on slides from the launch event

SCLA Rules Committee:
Matthew Lavy, 4 Pump Court
David McIlwaine, Pinsent Masons
Iain Munro, 4 Pump Court
Lee Gluyas, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Administration of the SCLA scheme:
The SCLA scheme is fully supported by the team at SCL HQ.

SCL’s secretariat function includes:

  • Receiving claims;
  • noting their receipt;
  • and ensuring that the SCL Chair or her deputy allocates them to an adjudicator.

Please contact the team at regarding all matters relating to this scheme.

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Watch the SCLA Mock Adjudication event with Q&A

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