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Guidelines for Supporting Membership

Supporting Membership of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association offers the advantages of close ties with the Association and its work.

The LMAA brings together all the leading London maritime arbitrators. It works for the advancement of the practice of maritime arbitration and the resolution of shipping disputes in London. Supporting Membership is for those who do not as a general rule practise as umpires or arbitrators but who are in sympathy with and wish to lend their support to the achievement of the Association’s objects. For a modest annual subscription (currently set at £120) Supporting Members receive the Monthly Bulletin, information on all the Association’s activities, details of the interest rates which arbitrators, (and the Commercial Court), currently use and particulars of other matters relevant to the practice of arbitration.

In addition, Supporting Members are invited to attend various LMAA meetings, some of which are specifically arranged for them, including the Annual Lunch, the AGM and the Spring Seminar, and they may apply for tickets to the Annual Dinner.

The work of the LMAA relies to a great extent on consultation with its Supporting Members and upon their support generally. Their input helps develop the Association’s policy on its role, and ultimately influences the whole practice of London maritime arbitration. Supporting members benefit not only in the ways outlined above, but also – and just as valuably – from their association with the LMAA.

The Association welcomes applications for Supporting Membership by persons who may reside in any country but:

(i) They should be able to show that they have a minimum of either five years suitable commercial or technical experience or as a qualified UK solicitor or barrister or equivalent foreign lawyer.

(ii) Their application must be supported by one Full Member or two persons of standing, preferably Supporting Members.

(iii) The Association also welcomes applications for Supporting Membership from those who may be studying for careers in the shipping world, for example, postgraduate students currently engaged in relevant areas.  In such circumstances, an application should be made to the Association together with a CV setting out the applicant’s academic background and future shipping related aspirations.  If successful, the Association would waive the annual subscription for the study period.

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