AWARD ENFORCEMENT ORDERS FROM THE ENGLISH COURTS: DISPUTED FACTUAL ISSUES

Earlier this year, the English High Court handed down a judgment (A v B [2020] EWHC 952 (Comm)) delivering a stern warning to claimants who were considering the enforcement of an arbitration award which did not establish a clear “right to payment” (see our previous blog post in connection with that decision.) In brief, the … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT DETERMINES ISSUE OF LAW ARISING IN THE COURSE OF ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS AT REQUEST OF PARTIES UNDER S45 ARBITRATION ACT 1996

In the recent decision in The Eternal Bliss [2020] EWHC 2327 (Comm), the English High Court (the “Court”) determined a point of law regarding liquidated damages in the context of a standard form shipping contract. This followed the referral to the Court by the parties under s45 Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) of two questions … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT CHARACTERISES UNSUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE TO AWARD UNDER S68 AS “SEEKING TO ATTACK AN ARBITRATOR’S FINDINGS OF FACT AND HER EVALUATION OF THE EVIDENCE” UNDER GUISE OF PROCEDURAL IRREGULARITY

In the recent decision in ASA v TL [2020] EWHC 2270 (Comm), the English High Court (the “Court”) rejected an application brought by ASA under s68 Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) that sought to challenge an arbitral award on the basis of two alleged serious procedural irregularities. ASA had contended that the arbitrator had decided … Read more

FRENCH COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS AWARD THAT WAS DENIED ENFORCEMENT IN ENGLAND

In Kabab-Ji SAL (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [CA Paris, 23 June 2020, n°17/22943], the Paris Court of Appeal refused to set aside an arbitral award handed down by an ICC Tribunal seated in Paris, although the same award had been denied enforcement and recognition in England on the basis that the award was … Read more

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