21 February 2018 Matthew Weiniger, England & WalesTags
What should you be asking yourself when beginning to draft an arbitration clause? In this video, Matthew Weiniger QC, Partner and Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, provides an introduction to the topic and some of the main points for consideration.
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14 February 2018 Joanne Finnegan, England & WalesTags
In Oldham v. QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd  EWHC 3045 (Comm), the Commercial Court allowed a challenge to an arbitral award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on grounds of serious irregularity where the applicant had not been given a reasonable opportunity to make submissions as to costs.
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08 February 2018 Matthew Weiniger, England & Wales; EuropeTags
Matthew Weiniger QC, Dispute Resolution Partner & Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, has produced a short video discussing the impact of Brexit on the practice of international arbitration in London. View full article
Set aside decision highlights important practice point for Requests for Arbitration under LCIA rules
In A v B  EWHC 3417 London’s Commercial Court held that the LCIA rules did not permit a Request for Arbitration filed by the claimant to include related claims under two contracts and their associated LCIA arbitration agreements (thereby denying the tribunal jurisdiction). Claimants in LCIA arbitrations may therefore well wish to consider filing multiple requests in like circumstances in future.
31 January 2018 Stephen Lacey; Sadie Buls; Matthew Weiniger, England & WalesView full article
New 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules – a modern, efficient and flexible frame-work for solving disputes
The German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. – DIS) has thoroughly revised its arbitration rules. The previous DIS Rules, which have been in force since 1998, functioned well in practice and are very popular in international agreements involving German parties. However, particularly in view of the reform projects of other national and international arbitration institutions, it was time to modernise the rules. Thanks to the revision, the DIS is even better positioned in competition with other arbitration institutions and even more so in competition with state courts.
30 January 2018 Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen; Kirstin Schwedt, GermanyView full article
Mauritius Convention on transparency enters into force
The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (the "Mauritius Convention") entered into force on 18 October 2017. An important development in investor-State dispute settlement (“ISDS”), the Mauritius Convention significantly expands the circumstances in which new transparency provisions – concerning arbitration commencement, publication of documents, third-party input, public hearings and confidential information – may apply. While it will be some time before the Mauritius Convention has broad application, it represents an important evolution for ISDS which has significant implications for States and investors alike.
25 January 2018 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; North AmericaView full article
Changes afoot for tribunal secretaries at the LCIA
The London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) has recently implemented new guidelines concerning the use of tribunal secretaries with effect from 26 October 2017. The Yukos arbitration and recent English case law concerning an LCIA tribunal secretary has raised interest in their role and there is also an increasing trend amongst institutions to provide greater clarity and transparency of their role (of which the LCIA’s guidelines are part).
16 January 2018 Sadie Buls, England & WalesView full article