Chinese Supreme People’s Court releases revised rules of evidence in civil proceedings and further policy paper on Shanghai’s Lin-gang Free Trade Zone

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a series of judicial interpretations and opinions in December 2019 in relation to the rules of evidence in civil proceedings and further liberalisation of litigation and arbitration practice concerning the Ling-gang Special Area of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. In this post, we will share our thoughts … Read more

English Court refuses to grant an injunction against the enforcement of a s1782 US Evidence Order

In a decision dated 24 August 2018, the English Commercial Court (the “Court“) dismissed Dreymoor Fertilisers Overseas PTE Ltd’s (“Dreymoor“) application to continue an injunction preventing the enforcement of an order of a U.S. court granting discovery under section 1782 of the United States Code (the “Order“). The Order required one of Dreymoor’s employees to … Read more

Recent Developments in India-related international arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued its latest Indian International Arbitration e-bulletin. The e-bulletin considers the decision of the Supreme Court of India in Bharat Aluminium, as well as the recent decisions of the Delhi High Court concerning non-disclosure of interests by arbitrators and the power of the court to re-examine evidence under section 34 of … Read more

Amended Civil Procedure Law is good news for arbitrations in mainland China

An amended Civil Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “CPL“) (中华人民共和国民事诉讼法) comes into force on 1 January 2013 and introduces some important changes to the domestic and foreign relation arbitration regimes in China. These amendments include:  The introduction of direct applications to the PRC courts for pre-arbitration evidence and asset preservation for … Read more