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  • Topic: Independence and Impartiality

English Court of Appeal considers grounds for removing an arbitrator

06 June 2018 Alex Hannington, England & Wales; Europe

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The English Court of Appeal in Halliburton Co v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (and others) [2018] EWCA Civ 817 accepted that an arbitrator’s acceptance of multiple appointments concerning overlapping subject matter, without disclosure, did not provide grounds for his removal under s.24(1)(a) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”).

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French Cour de Cassation puts an end to the “Tapie-saga”

01 November 2017 Clément Fouchard, Europe; France

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Earlier this year, the French Cour de Cassation brought the long-running “Tapie-saga” to an end. Mr Tapie and his former bank were in dispute over a 2008 arbitral award ordering the bank to pay Mr Tapie over €400 million in damages. This award was successfully challenged by the bank before the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 which annulled the decision on the basis of fraud. The Cour de Cassation confirmed the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal.

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Post-award challenges to impartiality and independence in Germany

13 September 2017 Julia Grothaus; Rupert Bellinghausen, Europe; Germany

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Both the setting aside of arbitral awards and the impartiality and independence of arbitrators and experts are recurring topics in international arbitration. They particularly converge when facts giving rise to doubts about impartiality and independence become known only after an arbitral award has been rendered. In a recent decision, the German Federal Court of Justice abandoned long-standing German case law and set aside an award after an expert nominated by the arbitral tribunal had failed to disclose facts relating to his impartiality and independence. As the relevant statutory provisions apply to both experts and arbitrators, the decision will be highly relevant for challenge and enforcement proceedings in Germany.

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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

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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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