SIAC issues proposal for consolidation of arbitral proceedings between institutions

On 19 December 2017, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) released a proposal on cross-institution cooperation and consolidation of arbitral proceedings conducted under different arbitral rules (the SIAC Proposal). SIAC has invited comments on its Proposal by 31 January 2018. The memorandum enclosing the SIAC Proposal can be accessed here. Read more

English Commercial Court upholds s68 serious irregularity challenges to an arbitral award holding that the arbitrator should have ensured that costs are pleaded by all parties

In Oldham v. QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd [2017] EWHC 3045 (Comm), the Commercial Court held that the arbitrator’s decisions on costs could be challenged on grounds of serious irregularity under Section 68 of the Arbitration Act of 1996 (the Act) on the basis that the applicant had been denied the opportunity to make submissions. This … Read more

Delhi High Court confirms that two Indian parties can choose a foreign seat of arbitration and applies the alter ego doctrine to join non-parties to the arbitration agreement

In GMR Energy Limited v. Doosan Power Systems India Private Limited, the Delhi High Court confirmed that two Indian parties can contract to have a foreign seat of arbitration (in this case, Singapore), and also ruled that a non-party to the Arbitration Agreement could be made part of the arbitral proceedings on the grounds that … Read more

New restrictions appear to limit clients’ choice of counsel in UAE seated arbitrations – but is it a storm in a teacup?

On 27 November 2017, Ministerial Resolution No. 972 of 2017 (the “2017 Regulations”) of the Executive Regulations to the Federal Legal Profession Law No. 23 of 1991 came into force, replacing the previous Regulations issued in 1997. The effect of the 2017 Regulations is arguably that only UAE nationals registered on the Roll of Practicing … Read more

Supreme People’s Court Monitor update on judicial review of arbitration

The latest buzz within the Chinese international commercial legal community on Belt & Road related legal developments appears not to have surmounted the Great Wall of the Chinese language. The buzz is that a comprehensive judicial interpretation relating to arbitration is on route to promulgation. On 4 December the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a … Read more

HK Court reconciles jurisdiction and arbitration clauses to order s.20(1) stay

In Neo Intelligence Holdings Ltd v Giant Crown Industries Ltd HCA 1127/2017, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance held that an arbitration clause was not necessarily superseded by a clause in a supplemental agreement that conferred non-exclusive jurisdiction on the Hong Kong courts. While the two clauses did not sit “wholly happily” together, it … Read more

Facilitating the Belt and Road: CIETAC launches investment arbitration rules

On 1 October 2017, the International Investment Arbitration Rules of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC Investment Arbitration Rules or Rules) came into force.  This is the first set of investment arbitration rules ever promulgated by a Chinese arbitration institution; no Chinese institution has heard an investor-state dispute to date.  As China’s … Read more