ICC examines allocation of costs in international commercial arbitration

On 1 December, the Commission on Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) issued a report intended to inform users of arbitration of the factors that tribunals consider when allocating costs between parties to arbitration. A 60-strong Task Force drew on a study of over 300 ICC awards and contributions from eight … Read more

A new beginning for arbitration in mainland China: HKIAC opens in Shanghai

On 20 November 2015, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) announced the opening of a representative office in Shanghai. The HKIAC's on-the-ground presence in Shanghai is an important milestone for China-related arbitration, as it is the first time that an offshore institution has set up in the mainland. It is clear from the HKIAC's … Read more

SPC clarifies jurisdiction issues arising from the CIETAC split

On 15 July 2015, the Supreme People’s Court in China (the “SPC“) issued a binding judicial interpretation on how lower courts are to handle various issues arising out of the CIETAC split (the “SPC Reply“). The interpretation responded to requests from the Shanghai High People’s Court, the Jiangsu High People’s Court and the Guangdong High … Read more

Gavin Margetson appointed Chair of ICC Thailand Commission on Arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that Bangkok Partner Gavin Margetson has been appointed Chair of the ICC Thailand Commission on Arbitration. As Chair, Gavin will work closely with the rest of the committee, which also includes Victor Smith, Managing Partner at Bangkok-based disputes management consultancy Charndell; Siriporn Chaiyasuta, General Counsel for Chevron Europe, … Read more

Hong Kong plays host this week to the inaugural ICCA-HKIAC Summit

The inaugural ICCA-HKIAC Summit will bring together thought leaders and visionaries from the dispute resolution industry and the field of international law. Around the themes ‘Bridging Cultures’ and ‘Connecting Futures’, the Summit will provide a platform for the creation of innovative solutions for the future of international dispute resolution.  Herbert Smith Freehills’ global head of … Read more

Beijing court backs SHIAC and SCIA

Since our last blog post on the Ni Laibao case (see here), in which Shanghai No.2 Intermediate Court ruled that Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC) has jurisdiction over an arbitration where the parties agreed to arbitrate before the CIETAC Shanghai Sub-commission, the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) has posted on its website two decisions … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills hosts seminar with Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC on whether Perth can become a hub for energy and resources arbitration

On 5 February 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Perth office hosted a seminar that examined the potential for Perth to build on its reputation as a key player in the mining sector and become a hub for international energy and resources arbitration. The seminar focused on the increasing prevalence of energy and resources disputes in Western … Read more