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

CLAIMANT FAILS TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF ITS APPLICATION TO REMOVE AN ARBITRATOR, WHERE THE ARBITRATOR HAD RESIGNED BEFORE THE TRIAL IN THE ENGLISH HIGH COURT

In a recent decision (available on an anonymised basis here), the English High Court (the “Court”) considered a claimant (“C”)’s claim for its costs of an application under section 24 (“s24”) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Arbitration Act”) for the removal of an arbitrator (“X”) from LCIA arbitration proceedings (the “LCIA Arbitration”). X had … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT REFUSES TO CONTINUE FREEZING INJUNCTIONS IN A SPA DISPUTE WITH COMPLEX SHAREHOLDING STRUCTURE

In Petrochemical Logistics Limited, Mr Axel Krueger v PSB Alpha AG, Mr Konstantinos Ghertsos [2020] EWHC 975 (Comm) the English High Court considered whether it would be “just and convenient” to maintain two freezing injunctions against the Defendants in support of a London-seated LCIA arbitration. The court declined to continue either injunction, finding insufficient connection with … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT GRANTS CONDITIONAL STAY OF IP CLAIM

In an example of an interaction between intellectual property (“IP”) claims and arbitration, the English High Court granted a conditional stay of the claimants’ IP claim pursuant to s9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) and its inherent case management jurisdiction. In AJA Registrars Ltd and another company v AJA Europe Ltd [2020] EWHC … Read more

PARIS COURT OF APPEAL REFUSES TO SET ASIDE AN AWARD AND CONFIRMS THAT AN ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL DOES NOT EXCEED ITS MANDATE WHEN APPLYING UNIDROIT PRINCIPLES TO DECIDE ON THE MERITS OF A DISPUTE

In a judgment issued on 25 February 2020, the Paris Court of Appeal (the “Court”) refused to set aside an ICC award, dismissing all four grounds of annulment on which the claimant relied (Cour d’appel de Paris, 25 February 2020, n° 17/18001). The judgment, which reiterates well-established principles of French arbitration law, is a helpful … Read more

ENGLISH COURT GRANTS ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION RESTRAINING FOREIGN PROCEEDINGS IN BREACH OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENT INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN BILLS OF LADING

In Seniority Shipping v City Seed Crushing Industries, “Joker”, [2019] EWHC 3541 (Comm), the English Commercial Court granted an anti-suit injunction restraining proceedings brought by City Seed before a Bangladeshi court in breach of an arbitration agreement incorporated by reference in the bills of lading under which the dispute arose (the “Bills of Lading”). The … Read more

ENGLISH COURT REFUSES TO STAY COURT PROCEEDINGS UNDER ARBITRATION ACT 1996 IN CASE INVOLVING COMPETING JURISDICTION AND ARBITRATION CLAUSES

In the recent case of Albion Energy Ltd v Energy Investments Global BRL [2020] EWHC 301 (Comm) (available here) the English High Court refused to stay court proceedings under section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in a case involving competing jurisdiction and arbitration clauses. The case concerned a claim for summary judgment in the … Read more