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  • Author: John Akin

U.S. Appeals Court rejects conflict-of-interest challenge to London award

08 May 2017 John Akin; Adam Lurie, North America; United States of America


In a March 31 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to confirm an $18.5 million arbitral award entered by a London tribunal in favor of the Belize Bank Ltd. (“the Bank”), rejecting an argument from the government of Belize (“Belize”) that an arbitrator’s alleged conflict of interest violates U.S. public policy. The decision affirms the principle that barristers in the same English chambers—unlike lawyers in an American law firm—are presumed to be independent practitioners.

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