How to initiate arbitration

The claimant submits a written Request for Arbitration to the Arbitration Institute.


The Request for Arbitration shall contain the following information

(a) the names and contact details of the parties and of their counsel or other representatives;

(b) identification of and, where possible, a copy of the arbitration agreement under which the dispute is to be settled;

(c) identification of any contract, other legal instrument or relationship out of or in relation to which the dispute arises;

(d) a brief description of the nature and circumstances of the dispute giving rise to the claims;

(e) where claims are made under more than one arbitration agreement, identification of the arbitration agreement under which each claim is made;

(f) a preliminary statement of the relief sought, together with the amounts of any quantified claims and, to the extent possible, an estimate of the monetary value of any other claims;

(g) the claimant’s observations or proposals as to the number of arbitrators, the language, the seat of arbitration and the law or rules of law applicable to the substance of the dispute;

(h) if the arbitration agreement provides for three arbitrators, and the parties have not agreed otherwise, the name and contact details of the arbitrator nominated by the claimant; and

(i) proof of payment of the Filing Fee referred to in Article 7.

Please also provide the following information:

– the claimant’s VAT number if the claimant is registered for VAT
– the claimant’s invoicing address if different from the claimant’s postal address.

If you wish, you may use the form for filing the Request for Arbitration.


Filing Fee

Upon filing the Request for Arbitration, the claimant shall pay the Filing Fee prescribed in Article 1 of Appendix II.
More information on payment of the Filing Fee


Language

The Request for Arbitration shall be submitted in the language of the arbitration as agreed by the parties. Failing such agreement, the Request for Arbitration shall be submitted in the language of the arbitration agreement.


Number of copies

The Request for Arbitration shall be submitted to the Institute in the number of copies required to provide one copy for each party, one for each arbitrator and one for the Institute.


Submission of the Request for Arbitration

The Request for Arbitration may be submitted by mail, by hand delivery, by facsimile or by e-mail.

When the Request for Arbitration is sent by e-mail or fax, the claimant is required to submit a sufficient number of hard copies of the Request for Arbitration with enclosures within 3 days of the e-mail or fax transmission.

By mail to:

The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1000
FI-00101 Helsinki
FINLAND

By hand delivery to: Aleksanterinkatu 17 (World Trade Center Helsinki)

By facsimile to: +358 (0)9 4242 6257

By e-mail to: info@arbitration.fi