Involvement of Australian parties in ICC arbitrations rises steeply

In its most recent Dispute Resolution Bulletin, the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) observed that the “number of Australian parties [involved in ICC arbitrations] rose steeply to a level previously unseen.” The ICC reported 30 Australian parties involved in ICC arbitrations filed in 2015, 16 as claimant and 14 as … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills partners appointed to ACICA Advisory Council; new rules unveiled

Herbert Smith Freehills partners Justin D'Agostino and Laurence Shore have been appointed to the new Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration ("ACICA"). D'Agostino, head of the firm's global dispute resolution group, and Shore, a New York-based partner and arbitrator, will each serve a three-year term from 1 March 2016. They are … Read more

Inside Arbitration: the new global publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the new publication from Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration. In our first edition: Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration considers how the 2014 Rules are working in practice and the LCIA's efforts to share more information with … Read more

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills hosts seminar with Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC on whether Perth can become a hub for energy and resources arbitration

On 5 February 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Perth office hosted a seminar that examined the potential for Perth to build on its reputation as a key player in the mining sector and become a hub for international energy and resources arbitration. The seminar focused on the increasing prevalence of energy and resources disputes in Western … Read more

Australia and China conclude free trade agreement

On 17 November 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia and China had concluded a free trade agreement that has been under negotiation since April 2005. The agreement will now be prepared in both English and Chinese for signature by the parties, after which the agreement will go … Read more

New Arbitration Rules in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court (Chapter II Arbitration Amendment) Rules 2014 came into operation in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, on 1 December 2014. These Rules provide comprehensive rules for the making of applications to the Court in both international commercial arbitration and domestic arbitration matters.   The rules cover both interlocutory applications and enforcement issues.  They … Read more