Time to take the ‘alternative’ out of ADR, says Master of the Rolls

29 March 2021

The Master of the Rolls wants to “take the ‘alternative” out of ADR” and ensure it is integrated into every stage of the dispute resolution process, he said last week.

Court rejects bid to remove top QC from high-profile arbitration

10 March 2021

Football club Newcastle United has failed in its bid to remove a top QC from being an arbitrator in a dispute it is having with the Premier League. The court said there was “no real risk of bias”.

ADR service for larger SMEs in dispute with banks goes live

16 February 2021

A free independent ADR service to help larger SMEs that cannot use the Financial Ombudsman Service to resolve disputes with banks went live yesterday.

Leading firms collaborate on online arbitration case management protocol

10 December 2020

Six leading law firms have collaborated to publish a protocol for online case management in international arbitration to promote a globally consistent approach.

Arbitrators made “simple” $54m mistake

8 December 2020

A High Court judge has described how “a tribunal of leading arbitrators” made a “simple mistake” when assessing damages in a dispute, awarding one of the parties up to $54m more than they meant to.

High Court rules out “retrospective” arbitration appeal

2 December 2020

The High Court has ruled that it has no power to consider a “retrospective” application for permission to appeal against its judgment in an arbitration case which was itself an appeal.

International community “will see Halliburton ruling as protecting Bar”

30 November 2020

The Supreme Court’s decision not to remove a QC from an arbitration will reinforce the international perception that members of the English Bar are being protected, it has been claimed.

Supreme Court refuses to remove oil spill barrister over potential bias

27 November 2020

The Supreme Court has rejected a bid to remove a QC appointed to arbitrate a dispute arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill because he failed to disclose later appointments in other cases.

Costs specialists target ADR and precedent automation

26 October 2020

Specialist costs lawyers in the South-West have joined forces with barristers to launch an ADR service aimed at costs, while another costs lawyer has launched an automated budget drafting service.

Guidelines aim to resolve Covid-19 disputes without rancour

14 October 2020

High-level efforts to help parties resolve contractual disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic efficiently and without rancour have moved on to practical guidelines to achieve this.

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30 March 2021

Judicial review reform: A risk to the courts’ post-Brexit standing

In addition to questions about the motivations for curbing legal challenges to political decisions, the proposed reforms to judicial review raise concerns about undermining the reputation of the English courts

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