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From no man’s land to a teenager's bedroom

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A teenager's bedroom

Once “a no man’s land”, the area of ethics in international arbitration is now so cluttered with competing codes and guidelines that it’s become like “a teenager’s bedroom”, heard delegates at the first conference of the Queen Mary University of London Institute of Regulations and Ethics last week – but which should we apply?

Slovakia instructs Squire Patton Boggs

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Gemerska Poloma, the Slovakian village where the mine is located

Slovakia has instructed the recently merged Squire Patton Boggs to represent it in an ICSID claim brought against it by two North American mining companies over one of the world’s largest talc deposits.

Perkins Coie unveils “Arbitration 2.0”

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Apple is not the only company to have launched a next generation product this week; US law firm Perkins Coie has unveiled “Arbitration 2.0” - a manifesto that represents state-of-the art thinking on increasing arbitral efficiency.

Dubai hosts its first GAR Live

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

GAR Live will be making its first visit to Dubai in November, where it will examine the relationship between courts and international arbitration across the Arab world and consider whether the Middle East could become the next Latin America as regards treaty claims.

Great Expectations

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Pip and Estella in the 1946 film version of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"

An almost entirely female panel that included two in-house counsel, a litigation funder, the head of a leading arbitral institution and a well-known arbitrator discussed user expectations of arbitrators and whether they are delivering at an event at DLA Piper in London.

Panel refuses to elaborate on award in favour of Indian steel company

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The El Mutún iron ore project

An ICC panel has rejected a Bolivian state entity’s request that it clarify and supplement a US$22.5 million award handed down in favour of India’s Jindal Steel & Power in August, saying that it amounted to a type of “undercover appeal”.

Indian Senior Advocate joins London chambers

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Gourab Banerji

London’s Essex Court Chambers has added a Senior Advocate and former Additional Solicitor General of India who specialises in commercial arbitration.

Linklaters appoints new global disputes head

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Michael Bennett

Linklaters partner Michael Bennett has become the new global head of the firm's dispute resolution division.

What if Scotland leaves the UK?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party, is fronting the campaign for the "Yes" vote

As the referendum on Scotland’s future looms, Herbert Smith Freehills partners Matthew Weiniger QC and Andrew Cannon and arbitration practice manager Vanessa Naish consider the potential implications of Scottish independence for international arbitration there, in England and further afield; as well as the possibility of disputes arising from the independence process itself.

O’Melveny & Myers hires in Hong Kong...

Monday, 15 September 2014

Denis Brock

One of the first lawyers to be made a solicitor advocate in Hong Kong, Denis Brock, is swapping the partnership of King & Wood Mallesons for O’Melveny & Myers.

From O'Melveny & Myers to Squire Patton Boggs

Monday, 15 September 2014

James Barratt

Recently-merged firm Squire Patton Boggs has hired James Barratt from O’Melveny & Myers as of counsel in London.

GAR Live Returns to Sydney

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sydney Skyline

This November GAR live will be making its second visit to Sydney, where a host of local practitioners will look at new ways of appointing arbitrators and debate whether arbitration can really be called that if it includes a right of appeal.

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