“The use of commercial arbitration in British Columbia continues to expand as more businesses and their legal counsel seek the benefits that arbitration can offer over court adjudication, particularly at a time when courts face delays that often are incompatible with the pace of business today.
As a result of the increased use of arbitration, B.C. has a growing number of experienced commercial arbitrators and a growing number of legal counsel who are familiar with arbitration.
Huberman and his all-star “team Canada” contributors to A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration, among the most knowledgeable and experienced arbitration practitioners in Canada, have produced a book that should enable parties, counsel and arbitrators to obtain the promised benefits of arbitration. That is, if they understand, take to heart and apply the essential knowledge and wisdom set out in the book’s pages.
One of the contributors, Vancouver arbitrator Kenneth J. Glasner, Q.C., points out that “doing things differently” begins at the beginning. He advises that the management of the arbitral process “requires preplanning on the part of the arbitrator with substantial input from the parties, their counsel, or both, including deciding whether they are going to conform to a specific set of rules, adapt their own rules or do both.”
– Judge Barry Leon, a retired judge of the Commercial Division Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, book review of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration, The Advocate March 2018”
“Ken, I wanted to drop you a short note to thank you for your involvement to our “mediation” process. It takes a special skill to know when to talk, interpret thoughts & when to listen, even when tempers flare. We tried to get a deal to stick and get performance. I think this is the closest we have ever been.”
– Mark McKee, Mayor, City of Revelstoke, November 2004