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Singapore High court confirms Singapore’s approach to preserving the confidentiality of arbitrations

In a decision handed down this week, the Singapore High Court confirmed that the court has an inherent power to grant sealing orders barring public access to court files and documents in appropriate cases. In this case that power was … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court orders stay to arbitration pursuant to proper steps of escalation clause for dispute resolution

In William Lim and Another v. Hung Ka Hai Clement and Others [2016] HKCFI 1439; HCA 1282/2016 (24 August 2016), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ordered a stay of court proceedings and referred an ongoing dispute to arbitration … Continue reading

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KATHRYN SANGER JOINS HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS AS ARBITRATION PARTNER

Leading practitioner Kathryn Sanger is joining Herbert Smith Freehills' top-rated international arbitration team as a partner, based in Hong Kong. She will join the firm in October 2016. Kathryn will be the team's 13th dedicated arbitration partner in Asia. She … Continue reading

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Taizhou Intermediate People’s Court Refuses Recognition and Enforcement of ICC Award on Basis of Public Policy

  In Taizhou Haopu Investment Co., Ltd. v Wicor Holding AG, Taizhou Court, P. R. China, Case Docket Number: [2015] Tai Zhong Shang Zhong Shen Zi, No. 00004 (2 June 2016), the Taizhou Intermediate People’s Court of Jiangsu Province (the … Continue reading

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Suitability of ad hoc admissions: Singapore Court admits English QC for arbitration appeal

Introduction The Singapore High Court has taken the rare step of allowing an English QC to appear before it in relation to an application to set aside an arbitral award made in an investor-state arbitration; the first successful ad hoc … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of First Instance extends indemnity costs principle to actions that delay enforcement of arbitral awards

In Peter Cheung & Co v. Perfect Direct Limited & Yu Guolin (HCMP 2493/2012) ("HCMP Action") and New Heaven Investments Limited & Rondo Development Limited v. Yu Guolin (HCA 115/2013) ("HCA Action"), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ("CFI") … Continue reading

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Angola becomes 157th Contracting State to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

Angola has ratified the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.  Its ratification was endorsed domestically via resolution No. 38/2016, published in the Official Gazette of Angola on 12 August 2016. Under Article XII(2) of … Continue reading

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International arbitration internship (Hong Kong): applications now open

Herbert Smith Freehills is accepting applications for short-term internships with the firm’s international arbitration group in Hong Kong. Three paid internship positions are open for three to four months each (not extendable), beginning in or around January, May and September … Continue reading

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English court grants retroactive extension of time to enable arbitral process opportunity to “correct itself”

In a further example of the pro-arbitration exercise of pragmatism, in (1) Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd (2) Sumisho Coal Australia Pty Ltd (3) Itochu Coal Resources Australia Pty Ltd (4) ICRA OC Pty Ltd v Benxi Iron & Steel … Continue reading

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Inside Arbitration: Issue #2 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration.   In addition to sharing knowledge and insights about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, … Continue reading

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