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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

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For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

25/05/2022

Looking for a “commercial man”: common difficulties in maritime arbitration clauses

Starting an arbitration is a key stage in resolving a dispute. Getting the right arbitrator is essential since they will be making decisions which bind the parties. But following the right legal procedure for appointing a tribunal is also key. If the appointment procedure goes wrong then it can be costly to correct and may even result in a claim being barred as out of time. Further, if the appointment does not comply with the arbitration agreement then the tribunal may lack jurisdiction and the award could be unenforceable or open to challenge.

The law reports tell many stories of parties getting an appointment wrong, whether by missing a time limit, failing to send the notice to the right person, using the wrong wording or choosing an arbitrator who does not possess the qualifications specified by the arbitration clause. Such cases involve some knotty legal problems, but many such issues can be avoided by sensible wording of the arbitration clause, and care taken in the appointment process.

This article looks at common difficulties arising out of clauses in shipping contracts, where parties have control over the terms of their contracts at the outset and can take steps to avoid pitfalls relating to the appointment of arbitrators.

Read the full article: Common difficulties in maritime arbitration clauses.

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Karen Maxwell Clare Ambrose
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