NEW LCIA RULES IN FORCE ON 1 OCTOBER 2020: REFRESHING THE LCIA’S APPROACH?

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has announced changes to its rules which will come into force on 1 October 2020. The revisions to the LCIA Rules have been couched in terms of an ” update ” rather than a wholescale rewrite. Nonetheless, some changes of note have been made. The new Rules allow … Read more

FRENCH COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS AWARD THAT WAS DENIED ENFORCEMENT IN ENGLAND

In Kabab-Ji SAL (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [CA Paris, 23 June 2020, n°17/22943], the Paris Court of Appeal refused to set aside an arbitral award handed down by an ICC Tribunal seated in Paris, although the same award had been denied enforcement and recognition in England on the basis that the award was … Read more

GERMAN COURT CONFIRMS THRESHOLD FOR VALIDITY OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS

Introduction In a decision dated 6 February 2020 (“Decision”), the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, “BGH”) confirmed the long-standing pro-arbitration friendly case law of German courts that the threshold of a valid arbitration agreement is low (BGH, 6.2.2020, I ZB 44/19). In this case it was held that the parties’ intentions to arbitrate could … Read more

ENGLISH COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS STAY OF COURT PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION, AS RELIEF UNDER THE COMPANIES ACT 2006 FELL WITHIN THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND WAS ARBITRABLE

In Bridgehouse (Bradford No. 2) Ltd v BAE [2020] EWCA Civ 759, the English Court of Appeal upheld a stay of court proceedings in favour of arbitration under s9 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Arbitration Act”). The issue in dispute related to a company’s claim for relief under section 1028(3) of the Companies … Read more

MALAYSIA: COURT OF APPEAL REFUSES STAY OF PROCEEDINGS WHERE PARTY ACTS INCONSISTENTLY WITH AN EXPRESS RESERVATION OF RIGHT TO REFER DISPUTE TO ARBITRATION

On 10 June 2020, the Court of Appeal in Yeo Eng Lam v Infinity Vantage Sdn Bhd (Civil Appeal No. N-02(IM)(NCvC)-507-03/2018, Court of Appeal considered whether an express reservation of a right to refer a dispute to arbitration in a defence and counterclaim pleading was effective to preserve a right to elect to arbitrate a … Read more