Region: United Kingdom

UK court refuses to restrain Russian litigation

UPDATED: The Commercial Court of England and Wales has said it lacks jurisdiction to grant an anti-suit injunction to enforce a Paris-seated ICC arbitration clause, despite a recent Court of Appeal decision granting a similar injunction.

02 October 2023

UK withdraws ECT protections for Russian investors

The UK has invoked the Energy Charter Treaty’s denial of benefits provision to withdraw protections for special categories of Russian investors, including “mailbox” investors and those subject to the UK sanctions regime.

02 October 2023

Rosneft asks Russian court to restrain BP arbitration

Rosneft has asked a Moscow court to block BP from pursuing an international arbitration – with the British company confirming the dispute does not relate to its ongoing effort to divest its stake in the Russian state-controlled entity.

27 September 2023

Edinburgh hosts inaugural ArbFest

The inaugural Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival, or ArbFest, took place on 21 and 22 September, featuring discussion of emerging technologies and ESG, the advantages of smaller institutions and ISDS. Lilit Nagapetyan, PhD candidate at the Queen Mary School of International Arbitration, reports.

26 September 2023

UK court grants another injunction in support of foreign-seated ICC clause

In a further UK decision on interim anti-suit relief in support of foreign-seated arbitrations, the Commercial Court in London has prohibited a party from pursuing litigation in the Russian courts – again enforcing an ICC arbitration clause with a Paris seat.

25 September 2023

Cadwalader partner joins Quinn Emanuel in London

Melis Acuner has left the partnership at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in London to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

19 September 2023

A&O makes construction hire from White & Case

Construction partner Daniel Garton has left White & Case, where he acted in a multibillion-dollar ICC dispute over the expansion of the Panama Canal, to join Allen & Overy in London.

19 September 2023

Signature recruits from Kirkland in London

Philipp Kurek has left the partnership at Kirkland & Ellis to join Signature Litigation in London.

18 September 2023

Three Crowns barrister moves to Paul Hastings

English-qualified barrister Maanas Jain, who serves as co-chair of Young ICCA, has left Three Crowns after nearly a decade to join Paul Hastings in London.

18 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

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