Judicial Assessments: More New Clothes for the Emperor? By Daniel Northall – Littleton Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in arbitration, case management, costs, employment tribunals, judiciary, news by sally

‘On 3 October 2016, the President of the Employment Tribunals, Judge Brian Doyle, issued presidential guidance on a newly introduced process of judicial assessment.’

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Littleton Chambers, 18th November 2016

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Beware the dangers of uncertainty with letters of intent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, news by sally

‘Alexander Nissen QC’s recent decision in Spartafield Ltd v Penten Group Ltd brings a degree of finality to the long-running dispute between these two parties. It comes after multiple adjudications and previous proceedings in the TCC. Back in March, my colleague Ebony Alleyne discussed what was then the most recent judgment, dealing with the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd November 2016

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Making waves: the decision in Essar v Norscot: a view from the Bar – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in agreements, arbitration, costs, news by sally

‘Can a successful claimant recover the costs of a funding agreement from the defendant? No in litigation but yes in arbitration, according to the Commercial Court in Essar Oilfields Services Limited v Norscot Rig Management PVT Limited. This decision has sent shockwaves through the arbitration community.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th October 2016

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Vicarious Liability for Assaults – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in arbitration, assault, negligence, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘Caroline Wood recently successfully represented the defendant local council in respect of a claim arising from an assault by a teaching assistant on a lunchtime supervisor, both of whom were employees at the same school.’

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Park Square Barristers, 25th October 2016

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Defendant penalised after “unreasonably” refusing to mediate costs dispute – Litigation Fures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in arbitration, costs, dispute resolution, news by michael

‘Newspaper group Mirror Group Newspapers has been hit with indemnity costs after the Senior Costs Judge ruled that it had unreasonably failed to engage in efforts to use alternative dispute resolution instead of going to detailed assessment.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2016

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Arbitrator justified in making losing party pay £2m cost of third-party funding, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted October 6th, 2016 in arbitration, costs, international courts, news, third parties by tracey

‘A defendant whose conduct forced the claimant to seek third-party funding to take its case to arbitration has to pay the £2m owed to the funder following the claim’s success, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd October 2016

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Briggs: online court will take the ‘A’ out of ‘ADR’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 27th, 2016 in arbitration, courts, dispute resolution, internet, judges, news by sally

‘Mediation will become the cultural norm should a new online court dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000 become reality, Lord Justice Briggs has predicted.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th September 2016

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High Court allows recovery of costs of arranging third-party funding – Litigation Futures

Posted September 19th, 2016 in arbitration, costs, news, third parties by tracey

‘The High Court has today upheld the decision of an arbitrator to allow the recovery of the costs of securing third party funding as costs, in what is being hailed as a landmark decision.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th September 2016

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Business as usual? – Counsel

Posted September 1st, 2016 in arbitration, courts, EC law, London, news by sally

‘Sophie Nappert analyses how international arbitration in London will fare post-Brexit.’

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Counsel, September 2016

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English court allows retroactive extension of time to allow corrections in arbitral process – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 15th, 2016 in arbitration, contracts, enforcement, news, time limits by sally

‘The High Court in England has allowed claimants more time to apply for changes to an arbitral award.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th August 2016

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Declarations as to the validity of an arbitration agreement; has anything changed after HC Trading v Tradeland? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2016 in arbitration, contracts, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘Section 1(c) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (AA 1996) makes clear that in matters governed by Part I of the AA 1996, “the court should not intervene” except to the extent provided in the AA 1996 itself.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 18th July 2016

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Uber faces court battle with drivers over employment status – The Guardian

‘Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say that they should be recognised officially as workers at the company, as calls grow for new rights for the UK’s burgeoning army of self-employed individuals.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2016

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Is London still ahead of the game? – Counsel

‘Khawar Qureshi QC provides an overview of recent trends and issues relating to the arbitral process’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Re-launched Adjudication Scheme for Professional Negligence Claims: a good idea whose time has come? – Hardwicke Chambers

‘What can the recently re-launched Adjudication Scheme for Professional Negligence Claims offer parties and practitioners in this area? Those, and don’t worry you’re not alone, oblivious to its original launch as a pilot scheme in February 2015 may be part of the reason for its re-launch 15 months later. The original scheme apparently saw only two adjudications (hardly a sample sufficient to judge the efficacy of the scheme). The re-launched scheme covers a wider range of professionals, the removal of any limit on the amount of the claim and an attempt to cap the fees of the appointed adjudicator within certain bands depending on the value of the claim.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th June 2016

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Speech by Lady Justice Arden DBE: Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary,  5th July 2016

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Conflicts of interest – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In the recent decision of W Ltd v M SDN BHD [2016] EWHC 422, Knowles J considered a challenge by the claimant of an arbitral award on the grounds of ‘serious irregularity’ under section 68(2) of the Arbitration Act 1996. That section provides that ‘serious irregularity’ means an irregularity ‘which the court considers has caused or will cause substantial injustice to the applicant’. The claimant alleged apparent bias on behalf of the sole arbitrator, H, based on alleged conflict of interest.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th June 2016

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Court refuses to declare arbitration agreement ineffective before proceedings begin – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 9th, 2016 in arbitration, jurisdiction, news, tribunals by sally

‘It would be “wrong in principle” for the High Court to rule on the existence of a valid arbitration agreement between two companies ahead of any actual proceedings, as this would deny the arbitral tribunal the power to rule on its own jurisdiction, a judge has found.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th June 2016

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Sino Channel Asia Ltd v Dana Shipping and Trading Pte Singapore and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 8th, 2016 in arbitration, contracts, jurisdiction, law reports, service, third parties by sally

Sino Channel Asia Ltd v Dana Shipping and Trading Pte Singapore and another [2016] EWHC 1118 (Comm)

‘The charterer engaged a third party company to arrange contracts which would be concluded in the charterer’s name but performed by the third party. Through the third party, the charterer entered into a contract of affreightment with the owner. The principal contact point between the owner and the charterer was a junior employee at the third party company. When a dispute arose the owner appointed an arbitrator and e-mailed their notice of arbitration to the third party’s employee, calling on the charterer to appoint their arbitrator. The charterer having not responded, the owner’s arbitrator, in accordance with the terms of the contract, proceeded as the sole arbitrator and made an award in favour of the owner. The charterer applied, pursuant to section 72(1)(b)(c) of the Arbitration Act 1996, for a declaration that the award had been made without jurisdiction, on the ground that the third party’s employee had not had authority to accept service of notice of commencement of arbitration proceedings on the charterer’s behalf and that service on him had not been in accordance with section 76 of the 1996 Act. The owner contended that the employee had had actual implied authority and/or ostensible authority to receive notice of arbitration on the charterer’s behalf.’

WLR Daily, 20th May 2016

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HC Trading Malta Ltd v Tradeland Commodities SL – WLR Daily

Posted June 8th, 2016 in arbitration, contracts, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

HC Trading Malta Ltd v Tradeland Commodities SL [2016] EWHC 1279 (Comm)

‘The parties were in communication in relation to a proposed transaction whereby the defendant would purchase 250,000mt of clinker from the claimant. However, no actual shipments occurred and some months after the last significant communication between the parties, the claimant asserted that there was a binding contract, containing a London arbitration clause, that the defendant was required to perform. The defendant denied that any such contract had been concluded. The claimant made clear its settled intention to make a contractual claim against the defendant in a London arbitration pursuant to the arbitration clause, so that such an arbitration could be viewed as imminent. The defendant, denying the existence of the contract, had no claim of its own against the claimant, and indicated that it would contest jurisdiction once the arbitration proceedings were commenced. The claimant, prior to commencing arbitration proceedings, issued a claim in the High Court by which it sought a declaration that there was a binding arbitration agreement subject to English law and which covered its proposed claims. The defendant applied, inter alia, to have that claim set aside.’

WLR Daily, 2nd June 2016

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The divorce app that lets you break up without breaking the bank – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in arbitration, computer programs, costs, divorce, news by sally

‘Divorce can be a costly legal battleground as well as an emotional ordeal. But a new app, amicable, could provide a better way.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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