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In this article, we consider some of the risks arising from sanctions in the context of international arbitration.
We are pleased to announce we have promoted 86 associates to senior associate and introduced a new legal director role, with 44 legal directors and 2 special counsel also promoted.
Prior to 2020, remote or virtual hearings in international arbitration were a limited if not unknown phenomenon. It was relatively common for interim procedural hearings to be heard in the form of telephone conferences. Also, sometimes witnesses might join a hearing by video link. However, to most arbitration practitioners, the idea of a substantive hearing being entirely heard by video link would have been a novelty.
The target EU withdrawal date for the UK is presently 23:00 GMT on 31 October 2019. One hot topic for discussion is the consequences of Brexit on international dispute resolution. We focus here upon litigation and arbitration; the two core choices of forum, even where alternative forms of dispute resolution are attempted but have been unsuccessful.
London is a well-established seat for international arbitration. This reflects London’s historical role in the development of commodities trading, insurance and shipping and the City’s status as a major international financial centre.
We are very pleased to announce that we have created a new international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London, recognising our expanding contentious corporate and commercial practice.