Arbitration Act 1996

English court provides new guidance on summary dismissal process for groundless serious irregularity challenges

The English High Court has in the last few days proposed a procedurally strict approach to serious irregularity challenges under s68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 where these have already been dismissed on paper. The decision in Midnight Marine Ltd … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards, Europe

English Court upholds on paper dismissal of serious irregularity challenge with no prospects of success

The English High Court’s decision in Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria v Qatar National Bank [2018] EWHC 2218 (Comm), handed down in July 2018 but only recently published, concerned the court’s dismissal on the papers of an application under section … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Africa, Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards

Arbitrator’s independent inquiries amount to a serious irregularity – English court remits award back to arbitrator

The English High Court has upheld a challenge to an arbitration award on the grounds of serious irregularity, in Fleetwood Wanderers Ltd (t/a Fleetwood Town Football Club) v AFC Fylde Ltd [2018] EWHC 3318 (Comm). The Court held that the … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards

English High Court refuses to set aside order for enforcement under s103 in long-running dispute regarding ICC award

The English High Court has refused an application under s.103 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“AA 1996“) to set-aside an order allowing for the enforcement of an ICC award in England. The decision is the culmination of a long-running dispute … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards, Court intervention, Enforcement, New York Convention

English court sets aside arbitration award for serious irregularity due to tribunal’s non-disclosure of novel point central to award

The odds of successfully challenging an arbitral award in the English Courts on the basis of s68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (serious irregularity) remain low. In the recent past over 95% of s68 challenges have been unsuccessful and in … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards, Court intervention, Europe

Implied horizontal contract prompts stay of proceedings S9 AA 1996

In Mercato Sports v Everton[1], the English High Court found that two parties were bound by an implied horizontal contract containing an arbitration clause. Accordingly, it granted a stay of proceedings under section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (‘S9 … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration clauses, Europe, Stays

Reliance v Union of India: English Court confirms that there is no serious irregularity under s68(2)(a) if an issue of construction decided by the tribunal is “squarely in play”

In Reliance Industries Limited & Ors v The Union of India [2018] EWHC 822 (Comm) the English commercial court (the Court) considered a number of challenges to parts of an arbitration award brought under sections 67, 68 and 69 of … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration proceedings, Challenges to awards, Europe, India, Procedures in arbitration

English Court dismisses attempt to set aside LCIA award on grounds of serious irregularity

In the recent case of X v Y [2018] EWHC 741 (Comm), the English High Court dismissed an application to set aside an arbitral award under s68 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) on the basis that the … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Awards, Challenges to awards, Europe, Procedures in arbitration

Win some, lose some: English court considers contractual limit on period to bring a claim in arbitration under section 12 of the Arbitration Act 1996

The English Commercial Court (the Court) has considered[1] the principles governing contractual time-bars and an application under s12 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) to extend a contractually agreed limitation period to allow the claimant to bring claims … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration clauses, Europe

Award dismissing a claim for inordinate and inexcusable delay survives challenge in the English court

In Grindrod Shipping Pte Ltd v Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd, the English High Court (“the Court“) rejected an application under s68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“the Act“) to challenge an Award (the “Award“). Six years after the proceedings … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration proceedings, Arbitrators, Challenges to awards, Costs, Europe