Hong Kong one step closer to arbitration success fees

Amendments to the Arbitration Ordinance, gazetted today, are the latest stage in the process to allow lawyers to charge based on success in an arbitration. The amendments, long-awaited by clients, passed Hong Kong’s legislative review quickly and without substantive amendment, demonstrating the strong support in the territory for these long-awaited changes. Hong Kong has enacted … Read more

SECTION 1782 UPDATE: U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES THAT U.S. DISCOVERY CANNOT BE USED FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION AND INVESTMENT ARBITRATION

On June 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in ZF Automotive US, Inc. v. Luxshare, Ltd., 21-401, 2022 WL 2111355 (U.S. June 13, 2022) that U.S. discovery cannot be ordered under 28 USC § 1782 in aid of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. As explained in a previous post, § 1782 is … Read more

Indian Supreme Court orders arbitrator backlog to be cleared

The Indian Supreme Court has directed the High Courts to decide within six months applications to appoint arbitrators that have been pending for over a year.  While the judgment will help reduce a large backlog, it highlights the importance of designating an arbitral institution to oversee the case and appoint the arbitrators to avoid the … Read more

ENSURE SMOOTH SAILING: SEEKING A SUBPOENA IN SUPPORT OF ARBITRATION

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia sheds light on how to effectively seek a subpoena from a court in support of arbitration proceedings. Takeaways The Court is not overly prescriptive in setting out the criteria for the grant of a subpoena, but this is not to be confused with the Court giving … Read more

Hong Kong Court of Appeal rules on landmark case regarding escalation clauses

Herbert Smith Freehills has secured an important judgment from the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, C v D [2022] HKCA 729, regarding escalation clauses – contractual provisions which require negotiation or mediation before either party can begin formal proceedings. These clauses are intended to promote the efficient resolution of disputes, but often lead to costly litigation. … Read more

LCIA publishes its casework report for 2021 – showing among other things an increased number of cases from North America and the Middle East and continued improvement in arbitrator diversity in appointments by the LCIA Court

The LCIA has published its Casework Report for 2021, its annual summary of its caseload and trends. It reported fewer new cases than in the record high year of 2020, in a return to caseload figures around pre-pandemic levels. The top three industry sectors of the LCIA’s caseload remain banking and finance, energy and resources … Read more