DIAC PUBLISHES NEW RULES TO COME INTO FORCE ON 21 MARCH 2022

The wait is finally over: the updated DIAC Arbitration Rules 2022 (“2022 Rules”) were published last week and enter into force from 21 March 2022. The 2022 Rules will apply to all new requests for arbitration and exceptional procedures submitted after 21 March 2022, unless the parties agree otherwise. DIAC published draft rules in 2017 … Read more

THE NEW DIFC-LCIA ARBITRATION RULES 2021 – KEY FEATURES

The updated DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules 2021 (“2021 Rules”) entered into force from 1 January 2021. The amendments introduce changes intended to promote the fair, efficient, and expeditious conduct of arbitrations. In this update, we summarise the key features. Read more

DIFC COURT GRANTS FIRST EVER ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION IN RESPECT OF “ON-SHORE” DUBAI COURT PROCEEDINGS

For the first time, the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) have issued an anti-suit injunction in favour of a party to pending DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings restraining the Defendant from pursuing litigation proceedings in the “onshore” Dubai courts (the local courts outside the economic free zones within the Emirate of Dubai). The decision … Read more

Inside Arbitration: Issue #5 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration. In addition to sharing knowledge and insights about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, the publication offers personal perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe. Read more

New restrictions appear to limit clients’ choice of counsel in UAE seated arbitrations – but is it a storm in a teacup?

On 27 November 2017, Ministerial Resolution No. 972 of 2017 (the “2017 Regulations”) of the Executive Regulations to the Federal Legal Profession Law No. 23 of 1991 came into force, replacing the previous Regulations issued in 1997. The effect of the 2017 Regulations is arguably that only UAE nationals registered on the Roll of Practicing … Read more

Has the pendulum swung back in favour of the DIFC courts? Two new decisions of the Judicial Tribunal

We recently reported on three decisions of the Judicial Tribunal (please click here) following our commentary on the Judicial Tribunal’s controversial first decision in Daman v Oger and the effect on the Banyan Tree jurisdiction (click here). We concluded that, notwithstanding the absence of detailed reasoning in individual decisions, it was possible to piece together … Read more

China proposes dedicated “Belt and Road” court

Supreme People’s Court Monitor has published a highly informative article on proposals by the SPC relating to China’s”Belt and Road” initiative. These include establishing a dedicated court, along the lines of the Singapore International Commercial Court, to hear Belt & Road disputes. Click here to read the piece. Our thanks to Susan Finder of SPC … Read more