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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.

...And says goodbye in London

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.

ASA proposes global body to police counsel conduct

Friday, 12 September 2014

Swiss police

The Swiss Arbitration Association has proposed the creation of a global body to enforce ethical standards in arbitration, a year after the group’s former president Michael Schneider published a sharp critique of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, which deal with counsel misconduct.

Yukos award survives Swedish action

Friday, 12 September 2014

Yukos oil company became bankrupt in 2007

A Swedish court has rejected Russia’s challenge to a five-year-old jurisdictional decision issued in favour of Spanish minority shareholders in Yukos Oil Company.

Lavranos to help out solar investors

Friday, 12 September 2014

Nikos Lavranos

Nikos Lavranos, former trade policy adviser for the Dutch government and secretary general of a Brussels-based investment arbitration think tank, has joined a Swiss start-up that aims to help renewable energy investors protect their investments from government intervention.

Griffith challenged over funding comments

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Gavan Griffith is being challenged in RSM's ICSID case against St Lucia

US oil company RSM is seeking to disqualify Australian arbitrator Gavan Griffith QC from an ICSID tribunal hearing its claim against St Lucia, arguing that an opinion he appended to a recent decision on security for costs reveals bias against third-party funders and funded claimants.

RSM v St Lucia: Why the majority got it wrong on security for costs

Thursday, 11 September 2014

"Only in an imaginary Wonderland" does the majority's decision make sense, said the dissenting arbitrator

Christopher Bogart, CEO of litigation financier Burford Capital, fiercely criticises the recent decision of a majority tribunal at ICSID to make a security for costs order against the claimant in RSM v St Lucia – and especially what he calls the “preposterous overreaction" of Gavan Griffith QC.

Shearman withdraws from Venezuela cases

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Venezuela's capital, Caracas

Buenos Aires firm Guglielmino & Asociados has replaced Shearman & Sterling as counsel to Venezuela in a pair of ICSID claims.

Guinea bribery case reaches ICSID

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Former president Lansana Conte

A Guernsey-based and Israeli-owned company has made good on its threat to bring an ICSID claim against Guinea over the revocation of mining rights in the wake of a bribery investigation.

20 years of ArbitralWomen

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Brown-Berset, Philippe and Willems, organisers of the gala dinner

Twenty years ago saw the launch of an internet chat forum that grew into the leading organisation for female arbitration practitioners. Last night, members of ArbitalWomen gathered at London's Imperial War Museum to mark the anniversary.

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