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High Court restates test for extending the time to challenge arbitral awards

15 August 2017 Adrien Canivet, England & Wales

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In Rollitt (trading as CD Consult) v Ballard [2017] EWHC 1500 (TCC), the High Court rejected an application for permission to appeal an arbitral award on a point of law under section 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“the Act”).  In doing so, it restated the test for extending the time to challenge an award under section 79 of the Act.

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Arbitration clauses, competition claims and the case of Microsoft Mobile

08 August 2017 Alexander Fawke; Elizabeth Jordan, England & Wales

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Earlier this year, in Microsoft Mobile OY (Ltd) v Sony Europe Limited & Ors [2017] EWHC 374 (Ch), the English High Court considered whether an arbitration clause in a supply contract caught a private cartel damages action. Its conclusion that it did needs to be kept in mind by claimants in this field.

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When, under English law, can damages be reduced for benefits obtained following a breach of contract?

20 July 2017 Francesca Fraser, England & Wales

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On 28 June 2017, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in Globalia Business Travel SAU (formerly TravelPlan SAU) of Spain v Fulton Shipping Inc "The New Flamenco" [2017] UKSC 43 in which it unanimously allowed an appeal on a point of English law under s.69 Arbitration Act 1996 (the "Act"). The case concerned the extent to which benefits obtained by an innocent party following a breach of contract should be taken into account in assessing its damages for that breach.

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English court allows challenge to New York Convention award based on contravention of public policy arising from fraud

12 July 2017 Joanne Finnegan, England & Wales

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The High Court has allowed a claim that a New York Convention award was obtained by fraud to go to trial, even though it was upheld by the seat's courts.

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English Commercial Court rejects suggestion that appointment of an arbitrator in related arbitrations constitutes apparent bias

06 July 2017 Charlotte Luker-Coombs, England & Wales; Europe

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The recent case of H v L & Others [2017] EWHC (Comm) 137 confirms that the appointment of an arbitrator in related references (and his/her failure to disclose those appointments) will not of itself create an appearance of bias so as to justify his/her removal under s.24(1)(a) Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”). The judgment summarises the test for apparent bias in an English seated arbitration and emphasises the integrity and impartiality of arbitrators as a central tenet of the same.  Separately, Popplewell J has also confirmed that orders granted pursuant to powers under the Act cannot be varied under CPR 3.1(7).

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English High Court clarifies criteria applicable to s.70(7) of the Arbitration Act 1996

29 June 2017 Erin Marsh, England & Wales

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In Erdenet Mining Corporation LLC v ICBC Standard Bank PLC & Others [2017] EWHC 1090 (Comm) the High Court clarified the criteria applicable to the exercise of its discretion under s.70(7) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”), pursuant to which the Court may order (in relation to an arbitration seated in England) that any money payable under an arbitral award shall be brought into court or otherwise secured pending the determination of a challenge to the award under ss.67, 68 or 69 of the Act.

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English High Court rejects attempt to obtain disclosure from arbitrators in support of an application to remove them

18 May 2017 Adrien Canivet, England & Wales; Europe

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In P v. Q & Others [2017] EWHC 148 (Comm), a party to an arbitration sought an order, in support of its application to remove two arbitrators, that the tribunal disclose material to it. The High Court dismissed this request; it recognised that arbitrators’ adjudicative materials are, like judges’, immune from disclosure.  It also clarified the scope of that immunity.

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UK Supreme Court on security and challenging enforcement of arbitral awards

20 April 2017 Rebecca James, England & Wales; Europe

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The UK Supreme Court has recently overturned a ruling of the Court of Appeal which effectively required the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) to provide security as a condition to challenging the enforcement of an award on public policy grounds pursuant to section 103(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Arbitration Act).  This decision represents the latest development in a long-running legal saga involving protracted proceedings to challenge the award in Nigeria as well as enforcement proceedings in England.

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The High Court rules on the English court's powers in support of arbitral proceedings against non-signatories

12 April 2017 Joanne Finnegan, England & Wales; Europe

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The English court’s powers in support of arbitral proceedings in section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 are not exercisable against non-parties to an arbitration

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Micula brothers’ ICSID award stayed in the UK following the European Commission state aid decision

17 March 2017 Duncan Hedar, England & Wales; Europe

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Following an application by Romania and the European Commission (as intervener), the English High Court has stayed enforcement of an ICSID award in favour of Swedish business magnates the Micula brothers.  The case will be determined following the decision of the General Court of the European Union in connected proceedings brought by the Micula brothers to annul the Commission’s determination that the payment of the ICSID award by Romania would amount to illegal State aid.    The case raises important questions about the effectiveness of ICSID awards in circumstances where the awards clash with Member States’ obligations under EU law.

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