Topic: Conflicts of interest

UK lawyer-peers to declare work in House of Lords

UPDATED. Following a lengthy debate involving prominent lawyer-peers in the UK, the House of Lords has agreed that a requirement that its members declare work and earnings from governments of foreign states in a register of interests should override the duty of confidentiality that counsel and arbitrators owe to their clients.

21 April 2021

French court says suit against arbitrator belongs in Germany

A French court has held it lacks jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit against an arbitrator based in Germany whose failure to disclose links between his law firm and a party led to the annulment of an ICC award.

31 March 2021

Expert firm sues rival over Glassdoor review

Expert witness firm Secretariat is suing a UK competitor over an allegedly fake employee review on the website Glassdoor.com that professed ethical concerns about the firm accepting conflicting appointments in a pair of related ICC arbitrations.

16 March 2021

Landau helps defeat bid to remove Rajah & Tann

English barrister Toby Landau QC has helped Rajah & Tann defeat an attempt by a Singaporean billionaire’s family to have the firm removed as counsel to the judicial managers of their shipping and oil trading businesses.

26 February 2021

Expert ties under scrutiny in Guatemala annulment bid

Guatemala has applied to annul an ICSID award on the basis of Bulgarian arbitrator Stanimir Alexandrov's alleged failure to disclose ties with an expert witness – a year after Spain successfully annulled an award based on similar allegations.

24 February 2021

Tomka resigns from China case as third ICJ term starts

Peter Tomka has resigned from a tribunal hearing an ICSID case against China amid controversy over him sitting as an arbitrator while serving as a judge on the International Court of Justice and following the publication of new court guidelines on judges moonlighting,

16 February 2021

Dos Santos telecoms award upheld in Paris

A Paris court has upheld a US$646 million award against a company owned by embattled Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos – ruling that the ICC was right to appoint the five-member tribunal that heard the case and dismissing allegations of bias against two arbitrators.

27 January 2021

UK appeal court rules on duties of experts

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that expert witness firm Secretariat breached a contractual duty to avoid conflicts of interest when it accepted appointments from different parties in related ICC construction cases – while refusing to hold that experts owe a fiduciary duty of loyalty to their client.

11 January 2021

Arbitrator liable in Spain over advisory work

A Spanish court has confirmed that an arbitrator must pay damages after he continued to act as legal adviser to two funeral service companies at the same time as he was arbitrating disputes between their shareholders.

04 December 2020

Panama Canal arbitrators under fire over "cross-appointments"

The consortium that oversaw the expansion of the Panama Canal has applied to set aside a US$265 million ICC award in favour of the canal authority, alleging that the arbitrators failed to disclose “multiple cross-appointments and inter-relationships”.

27 November 2020

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