This is an online event hosted by CIArb’s London Branch and the LMAA. The event takes place on 2 December 2020 at 6.00pm GMT, please check your local time zone.
The LMAA and the CIArb London Branch’s joint seminar goes virtual this year. The panel will address a topic which is controversial but may be one of the reasons why London is the world’s favourite seat for international commercial arbitrations: the availability of appeals from arbitral awards. The online event will look at the relative scarcity of appeals on points of law reaching the courts under the English Arbitration Act 1996, section 69, opt-outs (and opt-ins) under institutional rules and under expedited procedures, two-tier procedures in trade association arbitrations, and the Singapore government’s recent consultation on proposals for opt-ins for appeals from arbitrations seated there. The panel’s presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
Dame Elizabeth Gloster, the moderator of the panel, is the CIArb London Branch’s Patron. She became the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court in 2004 and the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in 2010. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division in 2016. On retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Dame Elizabeth returned to her previous chambers at One Essex Court where she practises as a fulltime international arbitrator in a wide range of commercial, maritime and state investment disputes. She is a Supporting Member of the LMAA and is also a judge of the Court of Appeal of Bermuda and of the Abu Dhabi Global Markets Court (both part-time appointments).
Clare Ambrose FCIArb is a full-time arbitrator. She has practised as a barrister and now as an arbitrator, and Deputy High Court judge, from Twenty Essex chambers. She has over 25 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation and has had more than 200 appointments in international arbitrations. Most of her appointments have related to shipping and international trade. She is a Full Member of the LMAA and a Fellow of the CIArb. She is co-author of London Maritime Arbitration (4th edition 2017).
David Barnett C.Arb FCIArb is a full-time arbitrator. He takes appointments principally in trade association arbitrations, notably GAFTA and FOSFA, as well as in references under the LMAA Terms & Procedures and the LCIA Rules. He has been arbitrating since 1992, full-time since 2014, is a Chartered Arbitrator and an Aspiring Full Member of the LMAA. Following an initial career as a deck officer, and then as a shipbroker and chartering manager, he was a commodity trader for 35 years.
Corina Song, whose presentation will be a video recording, is a partner in Allen & Gledhill LLP in Singapore. She is a solicitor of England & Wales and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1993. Her practice covers shipping, international trade and commodities disputes. She is Senior Vice Chair of the IBA Maritime and Transport Law Committee, Secretary of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore and Vice-Chairperson of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).
James M Turner QC MCIArb is a barrister at Quadrant Chambers. He specialises in cross-border commercial disputes in international arbitration, energy, shipbuilding, offshore construction, and shipping. He appears most often before tribunals in arbitrations under LCIA, ICC, HKIAC and LMAA procedural rules and has taken appointments as arbitrator in ad hoc, LMAA, ICC and LCIA references. As counsel, he has successfully resisted numerous applications for permission to appeal under the AA 1996, s 69.