A world class arbitration practice advising clients on commercial and investment arbitration all around the world
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Our specialised arbitration counsel have considerable experience of representing a wide range of clients across a variety of sectors (including energy, mining, construction, technology, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals and many more) in complex, high value arbitrations.
Recent experience includes representing :
We regularly represent both investors and states in significant arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. We also help our investor clients navigate complex legal, cultural and political landscapes to secure the best ongoing protection for their foreign investments, often providing risk mitigation advice before and during the life cycle of critical investments.
Recent experience includes representing:
Our arbitration team regularly represents individuals, corporations, state and sovereign entities in local court proceedings all over the world before, during and after arbitrations. This includes helping clients obtaining court orders in support of arbitration, recognition, enforcement, and setting aside proceedings for both commercial and investment treaty awards, and tracing and seising assets to enforce against. This work often requires seamless co-ordination across multiple jurisdictions in parallel.
Recent experience includes representing:
23 March 2023 //
On 23 March 2023, the Luxembourg government approved a new law to modernise arbitration in Luxembourg. The aim is to improve flexibility, speediness and confidentiality, and boost arbitration’s place as an alternative to the national courts. In this post, we look at some of its key features.
6 March 2023 //
A number of Russian parties have recently filed (or threatened to file) claims in the Russian Courts, notwithstanding arbitration agreements in the underlying contracts providing that claims must be exclusively submitted to arbitration. These claims have been made possible by previously enacted Russian legislation. The Russian Courts are already issuing judgments taking jurisdiction and issuing anti-suit injunctions targeting foreign arbitration proceedings.
22 February 2023 //
By Legislative Decree No 149/2022, the Italian Government has implemented a structural reform of the Italian civil justice system. The new provisions include significant changes to Italian arbitration law relating, among others, to the independence and impartiality of arbitrators, new powers for arbitrators to grant provisional relief, and the enforcement of foreign awards. These amendments are now set to apply to arbitration proceedings in Italy instituted after 28 February 2023.
21 February 2023 //
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) recently released its caseload statistics for the calendar year 2022. In this post, we take a look at some of the key trends.
14 February 2023 //
In a recent statement, the European Commission called for a coordinated withdrawal by the European Union (“EU”) and its Member States from the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”). This statement seems to represent a shift in the support for the modernisation of the ECT, previously backed by the European Commission.
9 February 2023 //
In S3D Interactive, Inc v Oovee  EWCA Civ 1665, the English Court of Appeal rejected arguments that, where there is a pending challenge to the tribunal’s jurisdiction, the Court must first determine that point before it can make an order for compliance with a peremptory order under s.42 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
5 December 2022 //
In DHL v Gemini  EWCA Civ 1555, the English Court of Appeal revisited, in a dispute over the formation of a charterparty, questions concerning the scope and application of the principle of separability under English law. The judgment illustrates important aspects, and practical consequences, of its operation.
30 November 2022 //
Against the background of recent announcements by a number of EU Member States of their intention to withdraw from the ECT, and in light of the material consequences that both the EU and its Member States’ withdrawal and the approval of the modernised ECT may have for investors in the energy sector, we take the opportunity, in this post, to recall what is at stake and to go through the main changes to the ECT that are still scheduled to be voted on in April 2023.
28 November 2022 //
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes recently published its Annual Report providing insight into its activities during its fiscal year from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. In this post, we take a look at some of the key highlights.