Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 817: arbitral appointments in related or overlapping references
David Turner QC
| 23rd April 2018

The question of whether an arbitrator can accept appointments in related or overlapping references can arise with surprising frequency, especially in the context of excess layer insurance programmes. In Halliburton, the Court of Appeal held that (1) an arbitrator should have made disclosure of later references but (2) on the facts of the case, neither the fact of the later references nor the failure to disclose them would have led a fair-minded and informed observer to conclude that there was a real possibility that the arbitrator was biased.

Mediations as an advocate
Hugh Evans
| 20th April 2018

Mediations are commonly undertaken by solicitors, without assistance from Counsel. Many barristers have limited experience of mediation, or certainly used to, and many barristers are temperamentally unsuited to it, or so experienced mediators tell me. There is a tendency to be far too aggressive and confrontational, which is often entirely appropriate in cross examination, but rarely so in mediations. Solicitors are often much better adapted temperamentally to mediations, where an appearance of gentle friendliness and persuasion is often very helpful. There is rarely any point in attacking the other side, as it only gets their backs up and normally impedes settlement.

JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov & Unlawful Means Conspiracy: The Search for Clarity Continues
Matthew Bradley
| 18th April 2018

The Supreme Court’s decision in JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19 is the most significant consideration of the tort of conspiracy since the House of Lords’ 2008 decision in Total Network SL. Matthew Bradley considers its particular impact on our understanding of the tort of unlawful means conspiracy here.

Review of 2017 Insurance Law
Alison Padfield QC and Miles Harris
| 12th April 2018

Informa have published a review of 2017 Insurance law authored by Alison Padfield QC and Miles Harris. The article considers some of the more important and interesting developments in insurance law, both case law and legislation, in 2017.

In addition to high profile developments such as the decisions of the Supreme Court in AIG v Woodman and Gard Marine, the review focuses on particular aspects of a number of cases which may be less well known, and which contain one or more points of real interest or practical use to those involved in the daily application of insurance law.

Costs Budgeting
Hugh Evans
| 4th April 2018

Costs budgeting is plainly important, as I will amplify later, but it is rarely thought to be interesting. However, there is now a fair body of law and practice, and there is some craft in producing, developing and attacking budgets.

I will start at the beginning. Costs budgeting started, after some pilot schemes, in April 2013, and the rules have been revised since. They are now a familiar part of the litigation landscape. However, problems and issues remain, many of which are inherent in cost budgeting. 

Riaz v Ashwood
Stephen Innes
| 28th March 2018

Note by Stephen Innes on the latest decision in a cluster of applications by clients seeking disclosure of their former solicitors’ file. Paul Parker of 4 New Square appeared for the successful solicitor.

Master James has noted that courts are receiving a large and increasing number of these types of claims; the increase was attributed to a new business model by which new lawyers seek to challenge the deduction by previous solicitors from their client’s damages of a success fee under a post-LASPO CFA.

A number of SCCO decisions in this situation have now been reported in the last 4 months:

R v The FRC [2018] EWHC 446: No Third Party Rights in the FRC?
Shail Patel
| 21st March 2018

Shail Patel considers this High Court decision in which the Court found that an individual (C) did not have the right to be heard at an FRC Tribunal hearing, nor a right to redaction of findings against him prior to publication of the Report.