ENGLISH COURT DETERMINES THAT AN APPLICATION TO STAY LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION SHOULD BE HEARD BEFORE A SUMMARY JUDGMENT APPLICATION

In the recent case of Deposit Guarantee Fund for Individuals v Bank Frick & Co AG [2021] EWHC 3226 (Ch), the English High Court has held that a defendant’s application to stay court proceedings in favour of arbitration pursuant to s9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (Act) should be heard before its alternative summary judgment … Read more

MALAYSIA: HIGH COURT REFUSES INDEMNITY COSTS ON SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION FOR REFERRAL TO ARBITRATION AND DETERMINES THE EFFECT OF TIME BARS ON A TRIBUNAL’S JURISDICTION

In Lineclear Motion Pictures Sdn Bhd v Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd (High Court Civil Appeal No.: WA-12ANCC-45-04/2021), the High Court refused to award indemnity costs to a party who successfully obtained a stay of court proceedings under section 10 of the Arbitration Act 2005 (“Act“), on the basis of the conduct of the … Read more

HONG KONG COURT CONSIDERS PERMISSIVE ARBITRATION CLAUSES

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance has stayed an action to arbitration where the agreement provided that disputes “may” be referred to arbitration. Kinli Civil Engineering Limited v Geotech Engineering Limited [2021] HKCFI 2503 Background Kinli commenced court proceedings to recover HKD 4,055,696.83, which it argued was due and owing from Geotech under a … Read more

MALAYSIA: HIGH COURT DECLINES TO STAY ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS ON THE BASIS OF A NON-SIGNATORY’S ALLEGATION OF BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION UNDERLYING THE CONTRACT

In Vertex Superieur Sdn Bhd & Anor v Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd (Civil Suit No. BA-22C-5-03/2020), the Malaysian High Court refused to stay court proceedings brought in breach of an arbitration agreement on the basis that it was in the public interest that allegations by a non-signatory that an underlying contract was procured by … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT STAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION AND INTERPRETS CONFLICTING DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVISIONS

In Helice Leasing S.A.S v PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) TBK [2021] EWHC 99 (Comm), the English High Court interpreted seemingly conflicting dispute resolution provisions in an aircraft operating lease (the “Lease”). The Lease included an arbitration clause providing for “any dispute” to be resolved by the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) and gave the … Read more