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On Thursday 25 August, Kate Parlett, a specialist in public international law, spoke on 'Investment Protection and Dispute Resolution under Newly Negotiated Free Trade Agreements: Piecemeal Reaction or Serious Reassessment?' at the PluriCourts Conference in Oslo.

Barrister and arbitrator members of 20 Essex Street are contributing to a round table on “China’s Conception of the Rule of Law and its Impact on Market Governance”, organised by Nottingham University’s China Policy Institute and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.  The event, held on 20 January 2016, explores the implications of reforms in China – including its new Law on Foreign Investment – on market activity and foreign direct investment.  Arbitrator member and former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Bernard Rix, and barrister Gordon Nardell QC who recently joined the set, have been invited to act as commentators on key topics.

In this talk, taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons on the 16th December 2015, Thomas Raphael addresses the English Court's approach to anti-suit injunctions in the light of Petter v EMC

The event is for Combar members, if you wish to attend please register at 

We all think we know what “Fraud” means, but can we always identify the fraudster? And can we confidently judge when we must allege fraud, when we might allege fraud, and when we positively must not allege fraud?

Topics covered:

Understanding “Blind-eye” fraud – the Friday afternoon syndrome?
Attribution: when does the fraud exception apply?
Limitation: when does alleging fraud help and when not?
The reluctant arbitrator: when might court proceedings be needed?
Litigation against multiple parties and asserting multiple potential causes of action: can a traffic accident be avoided?

This talk looks at various aspects of commercial fraud claims, including the use of unlawfully obtained evidence, when it can be used, and common pitfalls for practitioners to avoid.

This talk covers some of the tactical considerations to bear in mind when advising a client before proceedings have been commenced, with a focus on practical suggestions, possible pitfalls to be avoided and some of the recent case law.

The skepticism against international arbitration in Asia and over interference by national courts, in particular in countries like India, is now giving way to recognising the primacy of the agreement to arbitrate. The presentation focusses on the evolution of the arbitral jurisprudence in Asia, with a particular focus on India and Singapore, and suggest practical ways of effectively resolving disputes.

This talk looked at some recent High Court decisions relating to challenges to awards (s67/68/69), orders for security in relation to challenges to awards, the removal of arbitrators, and costs.