To what degree of certainty must a dispute resolution clause be drafted?

David Spencer

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Two recent cases have once again drawn attention to the problem of drafting enforceable dispute resolution clauses in contracts. These cases have highlighted the fact that since the decision in 1995 in Elizabeth Bay Developments v Boral Building Services some of the drafters of such clauses have seemingly learnt little from the way courts treat such clauses and the available drafting mechanisms that may allay the courts concerns and ultimately hold dispute resolution clauses enforceable. This paper will review the case law since the NSW Supreme Court’s decision in Elizabeth Bay, juxtapose it with the alternative view of the Victorian Supreme Court in Computershare Limited v Perpetual Registrars Limited and suggest a number of strategies for satisfying the legal requirements of the enforceability of dispute resolution clauses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalAustralasian dispute resolution journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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