Topic: Conflicts of interest

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

UK Supreme Court dismisses appeal over apparent bias

UPDATED: The long-awaited UK Supreme Court ruling in Halliburton v Chubb is out, unanimously dismissing the appeal over apparent bias and naming the arbitrator at the centre of the controversy as Kenneth Rokison QC.

27 November 2020

Halliburton v Chubb: comments from counsel

Counsel who took part in the Halliburton v Chubb appeal before the UK Supreme Court, representing the parties and interveners, have shared their views on the judgment.

27 November 2020

ICJ moonlighting controversy resumes

The controversy over International Court of Justice judges moonlighting as arbitrators has kicked off again, with an article alleging that Judge Peter Tomka has accepted appointments to investor-state tribunals despite ICJ guidelines against the practice.

25 November 2020

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