Region: United Kingdom

Reliance and Shell win another round in Indian oilfield dispute

India has challenged a partial award permitting Reliance and a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary to recover further development costs for an offshore oilfield - in a US$5 billion arbitration that has lasted more than a decade

08 June 2021

Steptoe hires partners in UK and US

Steptoe & Johnson has hired Diamond McCarthy’s international disputes head Juliya Arbisman and partner Robby Mockler, who have a focus on natural resources and energy, while recruiting Leigh Mallon from Fried Frank.

07 June 2021

English court restrains Armenian suit over mining venture

A Russian state-owned bank has obtained an English anti-suit injunction to restrain an Armenian businessman from pursuing litigation in his home country in a US$320 million dispute over a mining project.

25 May 2021

Volterra Fietta ordered to repay former client in BIT case

London boutique Volterra Fietta has been ordered to repay US$1.6 million to a former client after its conditional fee agreement for an investment treaty arbitration was found to be unenforceable.

25 May 2021

Howard Kennedy hires India practice head in London

Arish Bharucha has left disputes boutique Cooke Young & Keidan to join the partnership at another London firm, Howard Kennedy, where he will head its India practice.

19 May 2021

Time to reform the 1996 act?

The Law Commission of England and Wales is inviting comment on whether it should review the 1996 Arbitration Act and consider introducing trust law arbitration in the jurisdiction.

12 May 2021

London: de-centre of the world?

On the first day of London International Disputes Week, a panel discussed how the city’s arbitration, litigation and ADR offerings have adapted to the new “decentralised” landscape – with talk of their pervading popularity for Russians, the impact of Brexit and covid and the challenge of maintaining pre-eminence in a competitive market.

10 May 2021

US firm launches London practice with partner hire

US law firm Armstrong Teasdale has hired former ICC deputy counsel Noor Kadhim as a partner to lead its newly launched international arbitration practice in London, months after its merger with UK firm Kerman & Co.

06 May 2021

Rawding finds fresh fields at Twenty Essex

After almost 40 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, including several leading the international arbitration team in London, Nigel Rawding QC is joining Twenty Essex as an arbitrator.

29 April 2021

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

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