Region: United Kingdom

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

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

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