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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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To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Maxwell Chambers Suites
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Contact

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.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
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

29/06/2011

Sovarex S.A. v Romero Alvarez S.A.

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Hamblen J considered (1) whether an arbitration award debtor had lost the right to challenge the award by participating in the proceedings before the arbitral tribunal on jurisdiction; (2) whether s. 66 of the Arbitration Act 1996 was a summary enforcement procedure so that an award debtor only needed to show real grounds for doubting the validity of the award for a s. 66 application to be dismissed; (3) whether the Court should dismiss or stay the English enforcement proceedings in favour of prior Spanish proceedings, which were Regulation proceedings under the Brussels Regulation, relating to the validity of the contract containing the arbitration agreement. On (1), the Judge held that the award debtor had not participated in the arbitration so had not lost the right to challenge the award. On (2), the Judge held that s. 66 (unlike s. 26 of the Arbitration Act 1950) dealt with enforcement generally and so the old test of “real grounds for doubt” did not apply. On (3), the Court held that there was no basis for dismissing or staying the English non-Regulation proceedings in favour of the Spanish Regulation proceedings.


David Lewis appeared for the claimant, instructed by HBJ Gateley solicitors.

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