- August 16, 2018
California: a golden opportunity for international arbitration?
On 18 July 2018 the State of California passed a new law which expressly enables foreign qualified lawyers to appear in international commercial arbitrations in the state. The new legislation, which takes effect from 1 January 2019, provides that members of a “recognized legal profession in a foreign jurisdiction” and who are “admitted or otherwise … Continue reading California: a golden opportunity for international arbitration? →
- December 9, 2016
Preliminary issues: when to risk the treachery of the short cut?
Lord Scarman’s warning of the “treacherous shortcut” that can be preliminary issues in Tilling v Whiteman remains sage. It is true that isolating vaguely drafted questions for preliminary determination, or those that have no significant impact on the outcome of a case, can lead to a disproportionate outlay of costs early on in proceedings. This … Continue reading Preliminary issues: when to risk the treachery of the short cut? →
- June 3, 2016
Connections, partiality and recusal
A recent development following Peter Smith J’s decision to recuse himself in Emerald Supplies Limited v British Airways reminds us once again of the need for both actual and apparent impartiality in dispute resolution. In that case, His Lordship was involved in a separate personal dispute with the defendant. In an article for The Times … Continue reading Connections, partiality and recusal →