Dr Leslie Thomas QC of Garden Court Chambers and Ben Beaumont of Thomas More Chambers had a meeting on Monday 5 September 2016 with Attorney General Benjamin of the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. This meeting was the result of discussions between the two barristers and Her Excellency the High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda.
The attorney general commissioned them to draft a new arbitration act modelled on the UNCITRAL model Arbitration law. This will be prepared for the review of the government by the first week of November 2016. The Attorney General also requested that a proposal for the constitution of an international arbitration centre for Antigua and Barbuda be submitted in conjunction with the draft arbitration act.
Dr Thomas and Ben Beaumont confirmed that they were willing and able to carry out these tasks. These proposals, when implemented, will assist the government in the promotion of the islands as a centre for international arbitration surrounded by a strong and able corpus of experienced professionals and an established infrastructure.