Region: United Kingdom

Privy Council rules on serious irregularity in Bahamas case

The judicial committee of the Privy Council has upheld a challenge to an award issued in the Bahamas for serious irregularity – marking the first time the UK’s top judges have considered the requirement that the irregularity cause substantial injustice since the decision of the House of Lords in the Lesotho Highlands case 15 years ago.

20 April 2021

Tesco lets award out of the bag

UK supermarket chain Tesco says it has been held liable in an arbitration over the US$6 billion sale of its Korean retail business.

15 April 2021

Bond call can proceed in Rwandan power plant dispute

The Commercial Court in London has refused to restrain a call on a bond in a dispute over the US$215 million construction of a peat-fired power plant in Rwanda pending an ICC emergency arbitration in Singapore.

15 April 2021

Stay of Yukos awards upheld in London

A London court has rejected an application by the former majority shareholders in Yukos to lift a stay of enforcement over their US$50 billion awards against Russia, ruling they must wait until the Dutch Supreme Court rules on the state’s set aside bid.

14 April 2021

Departures announced after China sanctions Essex Court

Essex Court Chambers has announced the departure of Toby Landau QC and other members of its affiliate practice in Singapore following China's imposition of sanctions on the London-based set; while Jern-Fei Ng QC is moving to another chambers in London.

29 March 2021

Former LCIA registrar named LMAA secretary

James Clanchy, a former registrar and deputy director of the LCIA, has been appointed honorary secretary of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

19 March 2021

EU begins legal action against UK over Brexit law

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the UK over its plan to delay the implementation of Brexit legislation on trade in Northern Ireland, beginning a process that could see the dispute referred to arbitration.

15 March 2021

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

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