In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court has recently handed down a judgment of critical importance addressing an arbitrator’s duty of impartiality and obligation to make disclosure. The case relates to the Deepwater Horizon incident and claims made by two insureds, Halliburton and Transocean, on their Bermuda Form policies with […]
High Court Rules That Certain Provisions Of Domestic Motor Insurance Law Contravene Insurance Directive 2009/103
In RoadPeace v Secretary of State for Transport & Motor Insurers’ Bureau (Interested Party)  EWHC 2725 (Admin), the claimant – a road safety charity – claimed that certain provisions of UK law relating to compulsory vehicle insurance and compensation for victims of uninsured/untraced divers contravened European Directive 2009/103 (“the […]
In the recent decision in H v L, M, N and P  EWHC 137 (Comm) in the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Popplewell addressed an attempt by the Claimant, H, to remove M, the third arbitrator in a arbitration between H and L, on the basis that the conduct of […]
In Zurich Insurance PLC v Maccaferri Ltd  EWCA Civ 1302 the Court of Appeal considered the notification provisions of a policy, held by the respondent (Maccaferri), which covered accidental death and personal injury (“the policy”). The policy contained a condition precedent which required Maccaferri to give the appellant insurer (Zurich) […]
Supreme Court determines that an insurer can set aside a settlement of a personal injury claim even if, at the time of settlement, the insurer suspected fraud by the claimant.
In Hayward v Zurich Insurance Company plc  UKSC 48, the Supreme Court held that the insurer, Zurich, which had settled a personal injury claim by the claimant, Mr Hayward, despite suspecting fraud on the part of the claimant, was entitled to set aside the settlement on the later discovery […]
In S v (1) A (2) B  EWHC 846 (Comm), Mr Justice Eder refused to grant an extension of time under the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) s.80(5) to challenge an arbitral award, following the applicant’s 74-day delay in applying and its failure to demonstrate that there had been […]
In two recent cases, the Commercial Court has looked at the question of serious irregularity under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996. In both instances the Court concluded that there was no serious irregularity and the Awards of the respective tribunals were upheld. Findings of serious irregularity are rare, not […]
In Union Marine Classification Services LLC v The Government of the Union of Comoros  EWHC 508 (Comm) the Commercial Court gave judgment on whether a section 67 Arbitration Act 1996 (AA 1996) application was the appropriate vehicle to challenge an arbitration award.