Article 11 - Arbitration Agreement and substantive claim before Court

(1) If an action is brought before the QFC Tribunal in a matter which is the subject of an Arbitration Agreement, the QFC Tribunal shall, if a party so requests not later than when submitting his first statement on the substance of the dispute, refer the parties to Arbitration unless it finds that the Arbitration Agreement is null and void, inoperative or incapable of being performed.
(2) Where an action referred to in paragraph 11(1) of this Article has been brought, arbitral proceedings may nevertheless be commenced or continued, and an award may be made, while the issue is pending before the QFC Tribunal.