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Unilateral appointments under threat

The Supreme Court, in Perkins Eastman Architects DPC & Anr v HSCC (India), delivered a landmark judgment in November 2019, where it held that arbitration clauses that allow one party to unilaterally appoint a...

IBC cannot be used as a threat

In a recent judgment, the Calcutta High Court dealt with the question of whether an application under section 34 of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996, can be kept in abeyance owing to the...

Overlap between insolvency code and arbitration law

By Charanya Lakshmikumaran and Puneeth Ganapathy, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Arbitral awards are treated as orders of a court and can be enforced as such, under the Civil Procedure Code, 1908 (CPC), subject to defences under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The Insolvency...
sole arbitrator

When the appointment of a sole arbitrator is invalid

By Karthik Somasundram and Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners
Disputes arose from the termination of a design consulting contract between HSCC (India) Limited and a consortium consisting of Perkins New York and Edifice Mumbai (consortium), for the planning, designing and specifications of two...

New reasons for hope in domestic arbitral awards

By Manoj Kumar, Hammurabi & Solomon
Commercial expediency has always required an award to be intelligible and adequately reasoned in order to achieve the desired outcomes for parties using the arbitration process to resolve their business and commercial disputes. Almost...

Section 87 relief for private companies

In a significant move, the Supreme Court, in Hindustan Construction Company Ltd v Union of India, granted a huge relief to several debt-ridden private sector companies (which are acting as contractors of the government)...

Courting mediation

The Singapore Mediation Convention offers hope to businesses looking for an alternative to time-consuming litigation in overburdened courts. Amar Sundram reports A recent article headlined “Trust Deficit” in a leading Indian financial newspaper pointed out...

Multiple dimensions of mediation

By Shaneen Parikh and Shalaka Patil, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
A good settlement strategy evolves depending on the interplay between different aspects of the dispute, write Shaneen Parikh and Shalaka Patil India has grappled with the issue of lengthy delays in the court system, eliciting...

Non-signatories of a group are bound to arbitrate

By Karthik Somasundram and Shreya Gupta, Bharucha & Partners
The courts have previously applied the doctrine of group companies when they referred non-signatories to an arbitration agreement to arbitrate. The Supreme Court invoked this doctrine again in the case of MTNL v Canara...

Fraud allegation cannot nullify arbitration agreement

In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that the mere allegation of simple or plain fraud may not be a ground to nullify the effect of an arbitration agreement between the parties. In the...

Supreme Court holds that company director can nominate arbitrator

The Delhi High Court in a recent judgment held that courts have now consistently proceeded to appoint an independent arbitrator in situations where the arbitration clause is in conflict with the amended Arbitration Act....

Courts must restrict role to determining existence of arbitration agreement

In a recent judgment of M/s Mayavati Trading Pvt Ltd v Pradyuat Deb Burman, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court overruled the judgment in United India Insurance Company v Antique Art Exports Private...
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Equal treatment of all parties to legislation

By Karthik Somasundram and Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners
To enhance the attraction of arbitration, the Supreme Court ruled in Pam Developments Pvt Ltd v State of West Bengal that the government, as a party to arbitration, is not entitled to special or...
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Mixed fortunes

Differing real estate trends emblematic of India? A recent bidding war for an office building in the heart of Mumbai’s business district, the Bandra Kurla Complex, that had earlier drawn lukewarm interest, points to the...

Pressing issue

As the government pushes through with the International arbitration act, Experts believe ‘under-regulation’ is key to making India a global dispute resolution hub. M Rochan reports The government aims to put India on the global...

Ineligibility of an arbitrator fatal, unless waived

By Karthik Somasundram and Shreya Gupta, Bharucha & Partners
Section 12(5) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (act), prescribes that a person whose relationship with the parties or the counsel or the subject matter of dispute falls under any of the categories...
Only court in specified venue can appoint arbitrator

Only court in specified venue can appoint arbitrator

In its judgment in Brahmani River Pellets v Kamachi Industries, the Supreme Court held that when the parties agree to have the venue of arbitration at a particular place, only the high court with...
Supreme court declines to apply group of companies doctrine in arbitration

Supreme Court declines to apply group of companies doctrine in arbitration

The Supreme Court, in the recent judgment of Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd v Reynders Label Printing India Ltd, refused to invoke the group of companies doctrine (which bind non-signatory affiliates) to implead a foreign...
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Unstamped agreements cannot trigger arbitration

By Karthik Somasundram and Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners
Can an arbitration stipulation in an unstamped or unregistered agreement be enforced? The Supreme Court had settled this issue in the SMS Tea Estates (2011) case. It held that an arbitration stipulation is not...

Effectiveness of arbitration in financing document disputes

By Nishtha Arora and Sounak Chakraborty, SNG & Partners
Globally, litigation and arbitration are the most commonly used methods for resolving commercial and transactional disputes. However, in India, in case of a dispute arising from financing transactions, the most preferred mechanism opted by...