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Update on the future of ISDS: the discussions within UNCITRAL Working Group III – no apparent consensus to date

After a number of years of public debate in a variety of fora, the discussion of the future development of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) has recently moved to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). UNCITRAL Working Group … Continue reading

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Filed under Costs, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Third Party Funding

Security for costs granted by English Court in investment treaty award challenge in which claimants are receiving third-party funding

In its recent judgment in Progas Energy Limited and ors v Pakistan [2018], the English High Court (the Court) granted Pakistan’s request for security for their costs in defending a challenge to an investment treaty award. The Court declined Pakistan’s … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Challenges to awards, Costs, Europe, Investment Arbitration, Third Party Funding

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) … Continue reading

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

Observations on Arbitration: video for in-house counsel on the Myths and Realities of Arbitration

In this short video in our Observations on Arbitration series, Professional Support Consultants Vanessa Naish and Hannah Ambrose talk about the myths and realities surrounding the arbitration process.  The discussion draws out key points and common misconceptions about arbitration, touching … Continue reading

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ICSID tribunal rules that it is neither necessary nor urgent to grant security for costs from a claimant with the benefit of third-party funding

An ICSID tribunal has rejected a State's application for security for costs in circumstances in which the other party had third-party funding in the form of ATE insurance which specifically provided for cover of the State's costs. Italy's request for … Continue reading

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Paris Bar Council indicates support for third-party funding

In a resolution adopted on 21 February 2017, the Paris Bar Council (Conseil de l'Ordre) indicated its support for third-party funding. The resolution confirms that third-party funding is in the interests of both clients and counsel, particularly in the context … Continue reading

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Australian Court provides guidance on Art 33(3) of the Model Law, the doctrine of functus officio and when a ‘Final Award’ is not ‘final’

In Blanalko Pty Ltd v Lysaght Building Solutions Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 97, Croft J of the Victorian Supreme Court confirmed that a party is not required to rely on, or comply with the time constraint in, Art 33(3) of … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration laws, Australia, Awards, Costs, Court intervention, Stays, UNCITRAL Model Law

UPDATE: Third-party funding of international arbitration now permitted in Singapore

Overview We reported previously (here) on the Singapore Parliament's passage of the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 38/2016) (Bill) on 10 January 2017. The Bill entered into force on 1 March 2017 as the Civil Law (Amendment) Act 2017 … Continue reading

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Filed under ADR, Asia, Costs, Third Party Funding

English court upholds arbitrator’s decision to award claimant the costs of third party funding

The English court has refused a challenge under s68(2)(b) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) and held that a sole arbitrator did not exceed his powers in including the costs of third party funding within a costs award (Essar … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration laws, Awards, Challenges to awards, Costs, Third Party Funding

“We will pay for delays” – ICC clampdown on its award scrutiny process

On 13 July 2016, the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") issued its revised Practice Note allowing for a reduction in ICC administrative fees of up to 20% for unjustified delays in the ICC's award scrutiny process. The revised Practice Note … Continue reading

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