On 1 March 2017, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Court) joined other leading international arbitral institutions with the introduction of expedited rules.
This development directly addresses survey evidence that users regard a lack of simplified procedures for arbitration, at least for lower value claims, as a significant weakness of arbitration. At first glance, this adoption of expedited procedures appears to be an appropriate response. However, the question is whether these condensed proceedings will provide arbitrators with sufficient, robust and accurate information from which they can make appropriate awards. In particular, whether there is sufficient scope within the expedited procedures for expert evidence, especially that focusing on quantum.