ENGLISH COMMERCIAL COURT RELEASES UPDATED S68 AND S69 STATISTICS: CHALLENGES DOWN, AND THE HURDLE FOR SUCCESS REMAINS HIGH

In early February 2020, the Judiciary of England and Wales published the Commercial Court Users’ Group Meeting Report – November 2019 (“2019 Report”). The 2019 Report provides information and statistics relating to challenges to arbitral awards on the grounds of serious procedural irregularity under s68 and appeals on a point of law under s69 Arbitration … Read more

THE SEYCHELLES ACCEDES TO 1958 NEW YORK CONVENTION

On 3 February 2020, the Seychelles became the 162nd State party to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention“).The Seychelles is the latest state to have joined the New York Convention framework following the most recent accessions of Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Cabo Verde and Sudan. Read more

PERU APPROVES ARBITRATION REFORM ON DISPUTES INVOLVING STATE ENTITIES

On January 24, 2020, the Executive Branch of Peru approved the Emergency Decree No. 020-2020 (“Emergency Decree”), introducing amendments to the rules on international and domestic arbitration contained in Legislative Decree No. 1071 (“Peruvian Arbitration Law”). Interestingly, the modifications provided by the Emergency Decree only concern arbitration proceedings in which the State is involved as … Read more

ENGLISH COURT REJECTS S68 CHALLENGE MADE ON THE GROUNDS OF APPARENT BIAS

In Rabbi Moshe Avram Dadoun v Yitzchok Biton [2019] EWHC 3441 (Ch), the High Court dismissed an appeal against an arbitral award (the “Award”) of the Beth Din of the Federation of Synagogues in London (the “Beth Din”) under s68 of the Arbitration Act (the “Act”). While there were unilateral and undisclosed communications between a … Read more

RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT REQUIRES UNIFORM APPROACH IN ARBITRATION CASES AND CLARIFIES MEANING OF PUBLIC POLICY

On 10 December 2019, almost four years after the Russian arbitration reform of 2016 and one year since the Russian Supreme Court (the “SC“) published its guidance in relation to various issues concerning international commercial arbitration, the SC issued an important resolution relating to arbitration. Resolution No 53 On the fulfilment by the Russian state … Read more

ENGLISH COURT DISMISSES APPEAL ON POINT OF LAW AGAINST PARTIAL FINAL AWARD

In the recent decision of Quiana Navigation SA v Pacific Gulf Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd (“The Caravos Liberty”) [2019] EWHC 3171 (Comm), available here, the English Commercial Court dismissed an appeal on a point of law in an arbitral award under s69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act“). The partial final award which was … Read more