Law: Arbitration Act 1996 (UK)

UK Supreme Court allows Mozambique bribery suit to proceed

The UK Supreme Court has held that bribery claims brought by Mozambique in a US$2 billion suit against an Abu Dhabi shipbuilder don’t fall within the scope of Swiss-law arbitration agreements – the first time it has ruled on the stay provisions in the Arbitration Act 1996.

20 September 2023

Reactions to UK arbitration reform proposals

Practitioners in the UK have been reacting to the Law Commission’s final recommendations for reform of the English Arbitration Act 1996 – with most praising its “pragmatic” approach but some disappointed at its refusal to address discrimination in arbitrator appointments.

08 September 2023

UK court refuses to grant anti-suit injunction in aid of French arbitration

The Commercial Court in London has refused to grant an anti-suit injunction to support a Paris-seated ICC arbitration, saying it would be inconsistent with the French courts’ approach and go against the parties’ intentions.

22 August 2023

Nigeria too late to invoke state immunity in London

A UK appeal court has affirmed that a judge who granted ex parte enforcement of an investment treaty award against Nigeria did not have to undertake further investigation of sovereign immunity issues in circumstances where the state missed a deadline to challenge the order.

25 July 2023

Kosovo Telecom loses challenge to ICC award

A Kosovan government-owned mobile operator has failed to overturn a €10 million ICC award that found it breached an obligation to negotiate a contract renewal in good faith.

21 July 2023

Crypto award blocked in UK on public policy grounds

An English court has taken the “rare” step of refusing to enforce a foreign award on public policy grounds, finding that an award won by a US cryptocurrency company in a California-seated JAMS arbitration breached UK consumer law.

19 July 2023

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