Region: United Kingdom

US court blocks DOJ’s seizure of Clyde & Co funds

A judge in California has refused to allow the US Department of Justice to seize escrow funds held by Clyde & Co for an arbitration client that are allegedly linked to the 1MDB embezzlement scandal in Malaysia.

12 March 2021

Newcastle fails to disqualify arbitrator in Premier League dispute

The High Court in London has dismissed Newcastle United’s bid to disqualify prominent sports lawyer Michael Beloff QC from chairing its arbitration against the English Premier League over an aborted £340 million takeover of the football club by a Saudi-backed consortium.

08 March 2021

UK appeal court revives fraud suit over Wirecard deal

The Court of Appeal in London has held that a fraud suit relating to the €250 million sale of an Indian payments business to Germany’s Wirecard has sufficient connection to England to proceed, while reserving a decision on whether the claims belong in arbitration.

04 March 2021

Uganda fails to knock rail claim off track

A UK court has upheld a tribunal’s decision to allow a rail company’s claim against Uganda to proceed without permission from the claimant’s Ugandan court-appointed liquidator.

02 March 2021

King & Spalding and Quinn Emanuel hire from Boies Schiller

Ken Beale and Dominic Roughton have left the partnership at Boies Schiller & Flexner in London to join King & Spalding and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan respectively.

02 March 2021

IDRC and LCIA find new home by St Paul's

The International Dispute Resolution Centre - London’s leading arbitration hearing centre - is to move to an impressive new space by St Paul’s Cathedral, most likely with the LCIA as a tenant.

26 February 2021

Russian oil producer’s fraud suit fails in London

A UK judge has dismissed a Russian oil and gas producer’s US$300 million lawsuit against Igor Kolomoisky and three other Ukrainian businessmen who were accused of siphoning funds from an oil refining venture – events that gave rise to an investment treaty claim and a Swiss criminal complaint.

24 February 2021

Jersey gets in on BIT action

As Jersey looks to sign its first-ever bilateral investment treaty, with the United Arab Emirates, Alex Fawke and Harry Stratton of Linklaters consider the Channel Island’s ambiguous relationship with the UK and the issues this could raise in making claims under the treaty.

23 February 2021

Sierra Leone loses challenge to ICC award

An English court has upheld an ICC tribunal’s decision to allow a mining company’s claims against Sierra Leone to go forward – dismissing arguments the claimant was required to observe a three-month “cooling off” period before bringing the arbitration.

15 February 2021

Addleshaw Goddard hires from Orrick in London

Maria Frangeskides, a former practice head at Coudert Brothers, is leaving the partnership at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe after almost 16 years to join Addleshaw Goddard in London.

15 February 2021

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