Construction Newsletter – How far can you go? Anti-suit injunctions, interim relief and ICC Arbitration Rules: SRS v Chemie Tech

Introduction and background The ICC Arbitration Rules permit parties to seek interim relief before courts in support of an arbitration. But it is a breach of any exclusive arbitration clause to seek a substantive ruling from a court on issues which should be referred to an arbitration. Where, then, is the dividing line between interim […]

12th November 2020

Maritime Bulletin – Eternal Bliss: Demurrage is not an exclusive remedy

It is not uncommon for voyage charterers to breach the charterparty by failing to load or discharge at the agreed rate and thus exceed the permitted laytime. It is also not uncommon for this to involve no other breach of the charterparty. Owners in such circumstances are entitled to demurrage at the stipulated rate. But […]

5th November 2020

International Arbitration Newsletter – The LCIA 2020 Update

In this edition of our International Arbitration Newsletter, Robert Scrivener considers the 2020 update to the LCIA Rules. A. The LCIA 2020 Update On 11 August 2020, the LCIA published[1] an updated set of arbitration rules (the “Rules”), due to come into effect on 1 October 2020. They also published an updated set of mediation […]

12th August 2020

Contact Tracing – The Ethical and Legal Issues

Anthony Speaight QC, Iain Munro and Anna Hoffmann Three members of chambers examine the ethical debate and legal issues surrounding the adoption of a contact tracing app. They conclude that the technology which the British Government has to date favoured raises a host of ethical dilemmas and legal challenges. The technological responses to the pandemic […]

3rd June 2020

Construction Newsletter – Important Decision from the Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal

Demand guarantees, strict compliance, and preclusion: Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of guarantees and provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the URDG. Key points The Court of Appeal of the Qatar Financial Centre (part of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre) has decided its first case relating to […]

13th May 2020

UK Government’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour” – toothless for now, but laying foundations for further measures

On 7 May 2020, the Government published a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 emergency” (the “guidance”). In this short article, Sean Brannigan QC and Kajetan Wandowicz summarise the guidance, and discuss its potential implications for commercial parties. It was prepared jointly by the Cabinet Office and […]

12th May 2020

The Five ‘C’s for Commercial Parties

As companies react to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew Stevens sets out five practical pointers for commercial parties whose contracts have been impacted by the crisis. The full article is available here. To find out more about Andrew’s practice, please contact our clerks on +44(0)207 842 5555 or email clerks@4pumpcourt.com.

24th April 2020

International Arbitration Newsletter

In the latest edition of our International Arbitration Newsletter, Robert Scrivener focuses on two recent updates from the English Court of Appeal regarding international arbitration. The first comes from Kabab-Ji S.A.L. v Kout Food Group [2020] EWCA Civ 6 and the law that is applicable to an arbitration clause. The second relates to A & B v […]

23rd April 2020

Construction Newsletter – The TCC throws a spanner in the works of expert witness firms

Summary In what is likely to be a significant blow to firms providing expert witness services, the TCC has recently issued a judgment that may heavily curtail their activities. In a decision issued last week in A Company v X, Y, Z [2020] EWHC 809 (TCC) the claimant succeeded in continuing an injunction restraining the […]

9th April 2020

Maritime Bulletin – State of the Market, February 2020

Club renewal time provides a useful time to review the state of the market, and to compare what commentaries say with our own experience. 2020 IMO Low Sulphur has been the long tail news item. Owners are facing increased costs of compliance, whichever route they have decided to take for their vessels. There are reports […]

25th February 2020

Maritime Bulletin – Infectious diseases and shipping contracts

With recent news events in mind, owners, charterers, shippers and cargo interests might well find themselves wondering what their rights and obligations are when it comes to viral infections in ports and amongst crew. There is currently little sign that the recent outbreak of coronavirus will have much, if any, widespread effect on shipping affairs. […]

11th February 2020

Maritime Bulletin – Challenging arbitral awards for breach of procurement laws

The latest edition of our Maritime Bulletin is now available. In this edition, James Leabeater QC and Jennie Gillies discuss a new decision from Mauritius which set aside an arbitration award where the contract was alleged to have been agreed in breach of procurement laws. They wonder whether the decision is consistent with the general […]

11th July 2019

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