Our Johannesburg team co-hosted the inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, a landmark event that brought together leading arbitration practitioners from across the African continent and beyond. The event, co-hosted with the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and other leading local and international law firms and South African Bars, sought to dissect issues and challenges in … Read more

DIFC Court of Appeal rules that a DIAC provisional award providing for interim relief measures is enforceable as an ‘award’

On 22 March 2024, the highest court of the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) rejected an appeal, ruling that a provisional award issued by a foreign seated tribunal providing for interim measures could be enforced as an ‘award’ in the DIFC. Former English High Court Judge, Justice Sir Jeremy Cooke, handed down the anonymized judgment … Read more

Enforcement of arbitral awards: Award creditor successfully seeks remedy from European court of Human Rights for Albania’s extraordinary delay in recognising arbitral award

The European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR) has found that in delaying recognition of an arbitral award against it, the Republic of Albania breached its obligations under Article 6 (Right to a Fair Trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Article 6(1) states that proceedings must be determined “within a reasonable time”. … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills’ global arbitration practice ranked fifth in the world

Global Arbitration Review (GAR) has unveiled its annual ranking of the world’s leading international arbitration practices, with Herbert Smith Freehills ranked fifth in the world. The firm’s GAR 30 ranking appears in the 17th Edition of the GAR 100, which was revealed last night at the annual GAR Awards ceremony at the Hôtel Du Collectionneur … Read more