Arbitration proceedings

The LCIA updates its guidance on the use of Tribunal Secretaries

The role of tribunal secretaries in arbitration is an important subject which generates a range of different views, often expressed in strong terms.  On 26 October 2017 the LCIA published its updated Notes for Arbitrators (the Notes). The update (contained … Continue reading

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ICC publishes note on early dismissal of manifestly unmeritorious claims or defences

On 30 October 2017, the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC“) published guidance designed to provide greater clarity on the scope for “immediate dismissal of manifestly unmeritorious claims or defences” under Article 22 of the 2017 ICC Rules (the “Rules“). The … Continue reading

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English Court rejects claim that notice of arbitration given in a foreign language is not proper notice

In a dispute between an English company and a Russian company, the English High Court (the Court) refused to set aside an order enforcing a Russian arbitration award on the grounds that the English company had not been given notice … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court continues injunction in aid of foreign arbitral proceedings

In Ve Global UK Limited v Charles Allard Jr and Intelita Limited, HCMP1678/2017, 10 October 2017, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance continued injunctions and dismissed the Defendants’ allegation of abuse of process in respect of the Plaintiff’s delay … Continue reading

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Parallel court and arbitration proceedings: English High Court grapples with further case management issues in Panama Canal dispute, clarifying that service of a defence pending appeal on refusal to grant a stay will not constitute “a step towards answering the substantive claim”

In our previous blog post on Autoridad del Canal de Panama v Sacyr, S.A. & Ors, we considered a failed application to stay English court proceedings brought in a dispute in which related ICC arbitration proceedings are also on foot. … Continue reading

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English High Court refuses stay of proceedings despite possible overlap with issues subjected to parallel ICC arbitration proceedings.

A consortium of construction companies (the Consortium) was unsuccessful in obtaining a stay of court proceedings pending before the English High Court (the Court), even though parallel related ICC arbitration proceedings are ongoing. The Court rejected the application for a … Continue reading

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English court endorses typical use of tribunal secretary in LCIA arbitration

The English Court has rejected an arbitrator challenge under s24 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) on the basis of alleged "over-delegation" of their duties to their secretary. The Court's decision was based on a review of the … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills’ Response to EU Consultation: the Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

As discussed in our blog post here, on 21 December 2016 the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the multilateral reform of the investment dispute settlement system. The consultation closed on 15 March 2017 with a full report of the responses anticipated later … Continue reading

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English Court considers unilateral communications between arbitrator and party and anonymisation of judgments related to an arbitration

In a recent challenge to an award made under s68 of the English Arbitration Act 1996, in Symbion Power LLC v Venco Imtiaz Construction Company the English Court considered the issue of unilateral communications between a party-appointed arbitrator and its … Continue reading

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The Race Towards Predictability: Does It Threaten The Effectiveness Of Modern Arbitration?

Mathias Wittinghofer, a partner in the Frankfurt office of Herbert Smith Freehills has published an article on predictability in international arbitration, arguing that it is not inherently a good thing. The article argues that flexibility and party autonomy are of greater … Continue reading

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