38. Consolidation orders

(1) The parties are free to agree (a) that the arbitral proceedings shall be consolidated with other arbitral proceedings, or (b) that concurrent hearings shall be held, on such terms as may be agreed.
(2) Unless the parties agree to confer such power on the tribunal, the tribunal has no power to order consolidation of proceedings or concurrent hearings.
(3) Any consolidation order made under subsection (1) shall be without prejudice to the date on which any claim or defence was raised for the purpose of applying any limitation periods or similar rule or provision of law.