EWHC 999 (Comm): Chris was instructed on behalf the buyer of two ships being constructed in China.
Chris’ clients commenced London arbitration proceedings for a declaration that the claim must be submitted to arbitration and for a declaration that they were not liable.
The Singapore proceedings were stayed but subject to conditions.
The arbitrator determined that he had jurisdiction in relation to all claims and the shipowners unsuccessfully sought to challenge his award in the High Court.
Chris was instructed by the Claimants in relation to this claim arising out of a joint venture agreement in which Chris’ clients had to make an opposed application to the Commercial Court for the appointment of an arbitrator in circumstances where the Respondents had wrongly commenced proceedings in the US.
The buyers cancelled all 11 shipbuilding contracts and the disputes were referred to 11 arbitrations which were all heard together over a three week period.