It is common for an arbitrator and party representative to be from the same set of chambers, particularly if the dispute relates to a specialist area of law where there may be a small pool of arbitrators and counsel from which to draw. Is it an issue? And if it is, what should be done?
Following the great recession in 2008, with competition fierce amid falling revenues in more established markets, some of the major London-based law firms turned to Africa as an untapped area of growth. Many of these firms already had long-standing relationships with firms on the continent and there was already a significant amount of international arbitrations … Continue reading Africa risen!
The recent decision in Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Ltd v Benxi Iron & Steel (Group) International Economic & Trading Co Ltd provides useful guidance on when a court may extend time to allow an arbitral tribunal to clarify or remove ambiguity in their award by issuing a memorandum pursuant to Article 27.1 of the London … Continue reading Just to clarify: Xstrata Coal and Article 27.1 of the LCIA Rules
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is experiencing an increasing number of arbitrations where one of the parties, and more significantly the claimant, is from Sub-Saharan Africa. The range of disputes is broadening from resource extraction to major infrastructure projects, farming and even football. There is a strong correlation between the growth in external investment … Continue reading The future of institutional arbitration in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa