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

UN steps up sanctions on Iran

On 9 June 2010, the UN Security Council voted in favour of fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme which will have practical implications for many corporate entities. In the light of these new sanctions, companies must exercise extreme vigilance if and when conducting business with Iranian entities. The regime also has wider repercussions … Read more