Dispute Resolution in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court)
    • 01 Jul 2014

    Enforcement of such an agreement when found as part of a dispute resolution clause is in the public interest, first, because commercial men expect the court to enforce obligations which they have freely undertaken and, second, because the object of the agreement is to avoid what might otherwise be an expensive and time consuming arbitration.

  • Sulamérica Cia Nacional de Seguros SA and Others v Enesa Engelharia SA and Others
    • Court of Appeal
    • 16 May 2012

    In the absence of any indication to the contrary, an express choice of law governing the substantive contract is a strong indication of the parties' intention in relation to the agreement to arbitrate.

    In my view an agreement to resolve disputes by arbitration in London, and therefore in accordance with English arbitral law, does not have a close juridical connection with the system of law governing the policy of insurance, whose purpose is unrelated to that of dispute resolution; rather, it has its closest and most real connection with the law of the place where the arbitration is to be held and which will exercise the supporting and supervisory jurisdiction necessary to ensure that the procedure is effective.

  • Premium Nafta Products Ltd v Fili Shipping Company Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 17 Oct 2007

    In my opinion the construction of an arbitration clause should start from the assumption that the parties, as rational businessmen, are likely to have intended any dispute arising out of the relationship into which they have entered or purported to enter to be decided by the same tribunal. The clause should be construed in accordance with this presumption unless the language makes it clear that certain questions were intended to be excluded from the arbitrator's jurisdiction.

  • C & B Scene Concept Design Ltd v Isobars Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 31 Ene 2002

    The whole purpose of s.108 of the Act, which imports into construction contracts the right to refer disputes to adjudication, is that it provides a swift and effective means of resolution of disputes which is binding during the currency of the contract and until final determination by litigation or arbitration. The provisions of s.109–111 are designed to enable the contractor to obtain payment of interim payments.

  • Cable & Wireless Plc v IBM UK Ltd [QBD (Comm)]
    • Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court)
    • 27 Feb 2003

    There is an obvious lack of certainty in a mere undertaking to negotiate a contract or settlement agreement, just as there is in an agreement to strive to settle a dispute amicably, as in Paul Smith Ltd v. H&S International Holding Inc, supra. That is because a court would have insufficient objective criteria to decide whether one or both parties were in compliance or breach of such a provision.

  • Rush & Tompkins Ltd v Greater London Council
    • House of Lords
    • 03 Nov 1988

    The rule applies to exclude all negotiations genuinely aimed at settlement whether oral or in writing from being given in evidence.

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