Related insights: International Arbitration

Should dispute resolution be at the "Heart" of every contract?

07 Jul 2020
It's not often that a construction lawyer has cause to consider the world of football, or not this construction lawyer in any event. We are told that we are living in unprecedented times. As we all know, Scotland went into lockdown on 23 March of this year. Tentative steps are now being implemented to restart the economy and get down to the new normal. What won't be restarting though is the 2019/20 SPFL football season. 

English law in foreign legal transactions

20 Jun 2017
Whilst there is much focus within the UK, and Europe, on Brexit, there is also focus on the position of the UK, and London, as an international trading centre, which is less reliant on Europe and the EU. Indeed, it is perhaps London's international status which is both a reason for Brexit, and also its economic survival and prosperity following Brexit. An essential component is English (and Welsh) law and lawyers practising that law, so that London and the UK has become a magnet for international legal transactions. Within our oil and gas team, advising on international transactions is forming an increasing part of our legal work, in jurisdictions throughout the world, but particularly Africa and the Middle East. English law is viewed as rational and predictable, as (in the main) are the lawyers who make decisions on matters governed by it.

Statutory adjudication of construction contracts in the UK

22 Feb 2017
<p>Adjudica­tion is a form of dispute resolution procedure which is now very familiar to the UK's construction industry. It can be described as a “pay now, argue later” mechanism which seeks to maintain cash‐flow during construction projects by providing a cost effective and speedy&nbsp;means of determining disputes on a binding, but not final basis. In practice an adjudica­tion award is very often the final resolution of a dispute.</p>

Dispute resolution: how will leaving the EU affect the sector

25 Jul 2016
The UK exit may impact on existing contracts, particularly those based on EU legislation. Parties may try to avoid contractual obligations or renegotiate a contract. With regard to existing contracts (that govern relationships beyond the two-year window before the UK formally leaves the EU), parties should review relevant clauses such as force majeure and material adverse change. Parties may consider including a 'Brexit' clause in any new contracts so that the parties agree in advance what will happen on the UK exit.

Brexit: what could it mean for dispute resolution?

22 Mar 2016
With press coverage on Brexit ranging from: the impact upon the price of goods in your shopping trolley, to visas for Premier League footballers and the career aspirations (and hairstyles) of the competing political personalities, it can be difficult to focus on what an EU exit may mean in practical terms for you and your business.