- November 24, 2022
BCLP Arbitration Survey 2022: reform of the Arbitration Act: evolution in a changing world
For over ten years, BCLP have conducted an annual survey on issues affecting the arbitration process. This year’s survey focuses on the reform of the English Arbitration Act 1996, a topic chosen to coincide with the Law Commission’s ongoing consultation on reform of the legislation.
- January 28, 2022
Beware the hybrid arbitration clause
The recent Privy Council decision in Flashbird Ltd v Compagnie de Sécurité Privée et Industrielle SARL has highlighted some of the problems that can arise from the use of hybrid arbitration clauses. This blog considers the issues that arose in that case and how parties can avoid them.
- October 11, 2021
BCLP Arbitration Survey 2021: Expert Evidence in International Arbitration: Saving the Party-Appointed Expert
Over the last 11 years, BCLP have conducted an annual survey on issues affecting the arbitration process. This year’s survey focuses on the role of the party-appointed expert in international arbitration, a topic that has been the subject of debate for a number of years.
- January 7, 2021
Arbitration Act 1996: is it time for an update?
“The 1996 Act is not a complete code of the law of arbitration, but allows judges to develop the common law in areas which the Act does not address.” So said Lord Hodge in his lead judgment in the widely reported UK Supreme Court decision in Halliburton v Chubb.
- June 11, 2020
Walking the line: independence and the party-appointed expert
In the recent case of A Company v X, the English Technology and Construction Court granted an injunction to prevent an expert witness from acting for a party in arbitration proceedings in circumstances where a colleague of the expert at the same global consultancy firm was already acting for the other party in separate arbitration … Continue reading Walking the line: independence and the party-appointed expert →
- April 15, 2020
The emergency arbitrator is officially a teenager
More than 13 years ago, in May 2006, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) introduced a new procedure into its arbitration rules whereby parties could seek emergency interim relief from an emergency arbitrator before the constitution of the arbitral tribunal. Since then, most of the major arbitral institutions, including SCC (2010), SIAC (2010), ICC (2012), … Continue reading The emergency arbitrator is officially a teenager →
- March 5, 2020
Diversity in international arbitration: a call to action
8 March is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women whilst at the same time marking a call to action to accelerate gender equality.
- November 7, 2019
Decisions, decisions: order or award?
There is an important distinction between an arbitral award and other decisions made by an arbitral tribunal during the course of an arbitration. A decision that has the status of an award can be challenged or appealed to a national court and can be enforced under the relevant international conventions. In contrast, a decision that … Continue reading Decisions, decisions: order or award? →
- August 23, 2019
Sanctions and arbitration clauses
Sanctions have been described as the new economic battlefield and, in recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the imposition of sanctions as a foreign policy tool for effecting political change. This blog post considers some of the practical implications of sanctions for those drafting arbitration clauses. Whilst there is no perfect solution … Continue reading Sanctions and arbitration clauses →
- March 4, 2019
The arbitration clause, the settlement agreement and the rational businessman
It’s fair to say that the “rational businessman”, as described by Lord Hoffmann in the Fiona Trust case, has been pretty busy over the last few years.
- August 31, 2018
Does arbitration need costs budgeting?
In a recent address at an international arbitration conference in Mauritius, Sir Rupert Jackson, famous for his wide ranging reforms to English civil procedure, invited people to consider the benefits of introducing costs budgeting and costs management into arbitrations, at least for lower value claims.
- March 23, 2018
Daewoo Shipbuilding v Songa: clarification of Catch 22?
In Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch 22, the main character feigns madness in order to avoid dangerous combat missions, but his desire to avoid them is taken to prove his sanity. Whilst not quite causing madness, for a number of years now parties and the courts have been grappling with the problematic inter-relationship between sections 57 and … Continue reading Daewoo Shipbuilding v Songa: clarification of Catch 22? →
- November 29, 2017
Not qualified: the lessons of TonicStar v Allianz
One of the great attractions of arbitration over litigation is that it gives the parties the opportunity to participate in the selection of an arbitrator who will resolve their disputes. The choice of arbitrator can be critical to the outcome, which may be why 38% of respondents to School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, … Continue reading Not qualified: the lessons of TonicStar v Allianz →
- July 25, 2017
Time and tide: a timely reminder of the time limit for challenging awards
Time and tide, it is said, wait for no man. The recent decision in Rollitt v Ballard certainly highlights the importance of time limits, particularly when it comes to challenging an arbitral award.
- October 3, 2016
Are arbitrators thinking fast or slow?
Surveys conducted by Queen Mary University of London have confirmed that international arbitration remains the preferred method for resolving cross border disputes. One of the key attractions of arbitration is the ability of the parties to participate in the selection of the arbitrators who will determine the issues in dispute and the quality of arbitration … Continue reading Are arbitrators thinking fast or slow? →
- August 3, 2016
Time limits for awards: the danger of deadlines
Cost and delay remain the two areas of greatest concern to parties in arbitration. Data released last year by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) indicated that the median and mean durations of an LCIA arbitration are 16 and 20 months respectively.
- May 27, 2016
The need for speed: why expedited arbitration may not be the answer
One of the worst characteristics of international arbitration (according to the respondents to the 2015 International Arbitration Survey conducted by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL survey)) is lack of speed. This is a rather worrying finding, given the continuing attempts of most of the major arbitral institutions to … Continue reading The need for speed: why expedited arbitration may not be the answer →
- January 27, 2016
Reducing the cost of arbitration: could cost allocation be the answer?
We all know that legal costs are a significant issue for clients and, whilst arbitration remains an extremely popular form of dispute resolution, “cost” is often seen as one of its worst features.