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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.

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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Twenty Essex Street
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

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

Twenty 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

25/05/2018

Whether arbitration agreement in underlying contract extends to claims under bills of exchange

In Uttam Galva Steels Limited v Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd, Mr Justice Picken considered an application under s. 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 against a ruling of an LME arbitrator in relation to claims under 8 bills of exchange. The Court held that the objection to jurisdiction had been raised too late. In this regard, the Court considered the meaning of the words “exceeding the scope of its authority” in Regulation 10.3 of the LME Arbitration Regulations. The Court also went on to consider whether the arbitration agreements in the underlying contracts extended to disputes under related bills of exchange. Disagreeing with the reasoning of the Singapore Court of Appeal in Rals International Pte Ltd v Cassa di Risparmio di Parma e Piacenza SpA [2015] SGCA 53, the Court held that the original parties to the underlying contracts must have intended that any disputes between them under related bills of exchange also be resolved in arbitration.

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC acted for the Claimant.

David Lewis QC acted for the Defendant.

 

 

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