Region: United Kingdom

Gonin 60 seconds: barrister heads to Brick Court

Barrister Emilie Gonin, who is acting in ICSID claims against Panama and Romania, has left Doughty Street Chambers to join Brick Court Chambers in London.

06 January 2022

Court finds Kazakhstan bound by Soviet treaty

A UK court has ruled that a US$917 million arbitration against Kazakhstan can proceed after all, finding that an eminent UNCITRAL tribunal was distracted by “irrelevant material” when it found the state was not bound by an investment treaty signed by the former Soviet Union.

04 January 2022

Russian and Italian banks win round of oil services dispute

An English court has upheld a US$43 million LCIA award in favour of Russia’s Gazprombank and its Italian partner in an oil services venture while refusing to disqualify the arbitrators from related arbitrations.

14 December 2021

Contempt case against Deripaska revived on appeal

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that former Russian deputy finance minister Vladimir Chernukhin can proceed with his bid to have Oleg Deripaska committed to prison for contempt of court – also finding that a judge’s criticism of Clifford Chance arbitration partner Marie Berard “may not have been fair”.

30 November 2021

Law Commission to review UK's 1996 Act

The Law Commission of England and Wales has announced it will conduct a review of the 1996 Arbitration Act to ensure English law remains the “gold standard” for international arbitration.

30 November 2021

The art of attention: new approaches to witness evidence

One year after the ICC’s report on the accuracy of fact witness memory, Simon Hems and Chloe Steele of McGuireWoods consider what international arbitration practitioners can learn from recent changes to the way witness statements are prepared for litigation in England and Wales.

15 November 2021

Dismantling intra-EU investment arbitration: an opportunity for London

The EU is undermining the rule of law by systemically dismantling the investment treaty arbitration system between member states but this represents a “unique opportunity” for London, said panellists at GAR Live London.

11 November 2021

UK bill proposes arbitration scheme for covid rent disputes

A newly published UK bill aims to establish a binding arbitration process for commercial landlords and tenants who fail to reach an agreement on rent arrears caused by coronavirus.

11 November 2021

Spain and France escape lawsuits in oil spill saga

The Court of Appeal in London has blocked an insurance club from pursuing litigation against Spain and France over their failure to comply with awards relating to an oil spill in the Atlantic 19 years ago – but related arbitrations brought by the club will proceed.

09 November 2021

1MDB not too late to challenge Abu Dhabi settlement

The Commercial Court in London has ruled that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB is not too late to challenge a multibillion-dollar arbitral settlement with an Abu Dhabi government-owned entity that it alleges was intended to cover up a massive fraud.

04 November 2021

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