JUSTIN D’AGOSTINO APPOINTED NEW CO-CHAIR OF THE ERA PLEDGE GLOBAL STEERING COMMITTEE

Justin D’Agostino, global Chief Executive Officer at Herbert Smith Freehills, has been appointed as the new co-chair of the Arbitration Pledge (the Pledge) Global Steering Committee. The Pledge seeks to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators in order to achieve fair representation. Having been central to the establishment … Read more

FURTHER HONG KONG JUDGMENT CONFIRMS THAT AN ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL IS “THE MASTER OF ITS OWN PROCEDURAL RULES” AND COMPLIANCE WITH PRE-ARBITRATION CONDITIONS SHOULD NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE COURTS

In the recent judgment of T v B [2021] HKCFI 3645, the High Court of Hong Kong observed that “if the Court is the master of its own procedural rules, so should be the arbitral tribunal“. In so doing, the Court reaffirmed the principle that compliance with pre-conditions to arbitration is a question of admissibility, … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS PARTNER CHRIS PARKER APPOINTED QUEEN’S COUNSEL

We are very proud to announce that London-based arbitration partner Chris Parker has been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and Wales. Chris will be the third QC currently practising at Herbert Smith Freehills. He joins a prestigious line of QC talent from Herbert Smith Freehills over the years, including The Right Honourable The Lord … Read more