Arbitration clauses

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Industries Ltd HCA 1127/2017, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance held that an arbitration clause was not necessarily superseded by a clause in a supplemental agreement that conferred non-exclusive jurisdiction on … Continue reading

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English High Court removes arbitrator on the basis that he did not possess necessary qualifications

In Tonicstar Limited v Allianz Insurance and Sirius International Insurance Corporation [2017] EWHC 2753, the English High Court considered an application under Section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996  (the Act) for the removal of an arbitrator on the basis … Continue reading

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Singapore High Court dismisses stay applications on basis of repudiatory breach of med-arb agreements

In Heartronics Corporation v EPI Life Pte Ltd and Others [2017] SGHCR 17, the Singapore High Court considered applications to stay proceedings pursuant to arb-med-arb clauses in the relevant agreements. The defendant had argued that even if attempts at mediation … Continue reading

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Indian Supreme Court upholds English High Court’s decision on parties’ choice of London seat

The Indian Supreme Court’s judgment in Roger Shashoua v Mukesh Sharma sheds further light on the court’s approach to interpreting arbitration agreements, particularly regarding the parties’ implied choice of seat. The court found that the designation of London as the … Continue reading

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US Court blocks enforcement of award due to effect of the terms of arbitration agreement

In Diag Human S.E. v Czech Republic Ministry of Health, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the Court) has dismissed an application brought by Diag Human (Diag) to enforce a 2008 arbitration award it obtained against … Continue reading

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India related commercial contracts: dispute resolution and governing law clauses

Herbert Smith Freehills has published a new edition of its well-regarded Guide on dispute resolution and governing law clauses in India-related commercial contracts. The Guide is intended to assist in-house counsel who handle India-related commercial contracts on behalf of non-Indian … Continue reading

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Singapore Court of Appeal confirms the validity of “unilateral option to arbitrate” clauses

In the recent decision of Wilson Taylor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Dyna-Jet Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 32, the Singapore Court of Appeal confirmed that the Singapore courts will enforce a dispute resolution clause which gives only one party the … Continue reading

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New Zealand considers further amendments to its Arbitration Act

On 9 March 2017, the Arbitration Amendment Bill (Bill) was introduced to the New Zealand Parliament. The Bill proposes to amend the Arbitration Act 1996 (Act), and follows recommendations by the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). The … Continue reading

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High Court confirms UNCITRAL Tribunal Award on jurisdiction

The High Court has confirmed an UNCITRAL Tribunal's Award on Jurisdiction, which rejected jurisdiction under an investment contract (Contract) and the 1994 Kazakh Law on Foreign Investment (FIL). The Court placed particular emphasis on expert evidence of the principles of … Continue reading

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‘Bare’ arbitration clauses and the extent to which the Singapore court may assist

In K.V.C Rice Intertrade Co Ltd v Asian Mineral Resources Pte Ltd and another Suit [2017] SGHC 32 ("KVC Action") the Singapore High Court discussed the extent to which the Singapore courts and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, in its … Continue reading

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