High Court confirms no appeal from an arbitral award on a question of fact

In Guangzhou Dockyards Co. Ltd v E.N.E. Aegiali I [2010] EWHC 2826 (Comm), a judgment of 5 November 2010, the Commercial Court dismissed an appeal against an arbitral award made on a question of fact. In his judgment, Blair J considered it “very doubtful” that the court had jurisdiction to hear an appeal of arbitrators’ … Read more

Court of Appeal holds religious criteria for appointment of arbitrators unlawful

In Jivraj and Hashwani, a decision published yesterday, 22 June 2010, the English Court of Appeal has unanimously held that the Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 (the “Regulations“) rendered an arbitration agreement in a commercial contract void. This decision will restrict parties’ ability to select characteristics of arbitrators in commercial agreements. This is the … Read more