HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA RULES ON INTERPRETATION OF ARBITRATION CLAUSES

In an important and clarifying decision, the High Court of Australia has handed down its decision in Rinehart & Anor v Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd & Ors.1 The decision is significant for the conduct of international arbitration in Australia because: the High Court held that the phrase “any dispute under this deed” in an arbitration clause … Read more

Australian Full Federal Court decision highlights the importance of explicitly binding all parties to an arbitration agreement

On 25 January 2017, the Full Federal Court of Australia dismissed Trina Solar US, Inc.’s (Trina) appeal from an earlier decision of a single Federal Court Judge not to exercise residual discretion to refuse Jasmin Solar Pty Ltd (Jasmin) leave to serve an originating application on Trina in the US, while arbitration proceedings were ongoing in … Read more

English High Court: requirement to engage in time limited “friendly discussions” before arbitration is enforceable

In the 1 July 2014 decision in Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited [2014] EWHC 2104 (Comm), Teare J considered whether the parties’ agreement to first seek to resolve a dispute by “friendly discussion” constituted an enforceable condition precedent to arbitration. In a decision which gives more ‘bite’ to a “friendly … Read more

Arbitration and related third parties: Victorian Court of Appeal to rule on application to stay litigation based on upstream NZ arbitration agreement

In a recent decision,[1] the Supreme Court of Victoria rejected a New Zealand company’s application to stay a third party claim against it. The NZ company argued that that the claim was required to be referred to arbitration and that argument was rejected largely on the basis that the relevant claimant (being a related third … Read more

The importance of getting the arbitration clause right

Summary A recent Federal Court of Australia case, Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S v Beach Building & Civil Group Pty Ltd (2012) 292 ALR 161 (DKN v BBCG), has highlighted the importance of parties carefully tailoring the arbitration and jurisdiction clauses in their agreements to reflect their particular circumstances. A failure to do so may have implications … Read more