English Court finds no jurisdiction to grant freezing orders against non-party foreign subsidiaries of the award debtor in English-seated arbitration

The Commercial Court has held that it has no jurisdiction to make a freezing order to aid the enforcement of a London-seated arbitration award against subsidiaries of the award debtor who have no presence or assets within the jurisdiction, who were not party to the arbitration agreement or the arbitration proceedings and against whom no … Read more

Procedural fairness as a ground for setting aside awards: what’s fair is fair

In its recent decision in Triulzi Cesare SRL v Xinyi Group (Glass) Co Ltd [2014] SGHC 220, the Singapore High Court considered the grounds on which an arbitral award may be set aside for procedural unfairness and, in doing so, reaffirmed that the Singapore courts will be reluctant to interfere with a Tribunal’s case management … Read more

US District Court for the Southern District of New York confirms interim arbitration award

In Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company v Allied Provident Insurance, Inc. (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136473), District Judge Nathan in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) confirmed an interim arbitration award ordering payment of security for certain contractual amounts. The judgment usefully summarizes the court’s power to review, confirm or vacate interim arbitration … Read more

The Chronicles of Insigma: the Latest Instalment

Alstom v Insigma, the (in)famous SIAC arbitration administered under ICC rules, was recently up for yet another round of judicial sparring following years of proceedings in several fora, which left Alstom Technology Limited (“Alstom”) with a HK$261 million award but limited assets against which to execute. In an interesting strategic move, Alstom petitioned the Court … Read more

Lorand Shipping v Davof Trading (Africa) B.V. (MV “Ocean Glory”): when a “creative solution” on the part of the tribunal becomes a serious irregularity leading to substantial injustice

In a rare example of a successful application under section 68 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”), the English Commercial Court has granted an order setting aside part of a final award and remitted the matter to the tribunal. The circumstances which led to the application concerned a dispute under a charterparty between … Read more

New South Wales Supreme Court orders partial enforcement of foreign arbitral award where breach of natural justice found in relation to one claim

In William Hare UAE LLC v Aircraft Support Industries Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1403, the plaintiff, a company incorporated in Abu Dhabi, sought enforcement of a foreign arbitral award under the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth).  The enforcement was challenged by the defendant on grounds that a breach of public policy occurred in connection with … Read more

English Court finds that it is “just and convenient” to grant a worldwide freezing order in support of London-seated arbitration even where all assets are outside England

In a further decision in the case of U & M Mining Zambia Ltd v Konkola Copper Mines PLC [2014] All ER (D) 136 (Oct), the English Commercial Court granted U&M Mining Zambia Ltd (“U&M”)’s application to continue a Worldwide Freezing Order (“WFO”) over the assets of Konkola Copper Mines PLC (“KCM”). U&M had been … Read more