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An Emerging Trend: ICC Guidance Further Encourages Summary Determination of Unmeritorious Claims in International Arbitration

The ICC has published new guidance encouraging the use of summary procedures to determine unmeritorious claims and defences. The ICC's move is the latest in a recent trend by arbitral institutions to encourage arbitrators to...more

Defamation and data protection claims can be brought in parallel

The English Court of Appeal has confirmed in a recent case that data protection claims may be brought hand-in-hand with defamation claims. The case provides a reminder to businesses that the use of data protection as a weapon...more

Letters of Credit: Autonomy Principle is Re-confirmed

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the "autonomy principle" of letters of credit under English law, holding that PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd ("PetroSaudi") and its director and General Counsel, Mr Buckland, had...more

A new dawn for summary determination in international arbitration: the revised SIAC Rules

The new edition of the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), which come into effect today, introduces a novel procedure for the early determination of claims or defences that are...more

No Variation Clauses: Worth the Paper They're Written On?

In Globe Motors v TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering, the English Court of Appeal has considered the effect of 'no variation' clauses that stipulate the formalities required for any subsequent amendment to the parties'...more

Supreme Court Ruling on Penalties: A Genuinely Commercial Approach

The Supreme Court has clarified and restated the scope of the English law rule against penalties. This important decision will have a far-reaching impact on commercial parties’ assessment of whether contract provisions...more

Supreme Court confirms that legal advice privilege does not apply to communications with non-lawyers

The Supreme Court this week handed down judgment in the case of R (on the application of Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another, confirming that legal advice privilege does not extend to...more

Brussels Regulation Reforms: Key changes and their implications

The European Economic and Monetary Affairs Council has approved amendments to the Brussels Regulation (EC Regulation 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial...more

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