LCIA (2014)—responding to a Request for Arbitration

The following Arbitration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • LCIA (2014)—responding to a Request for Arbitration
  • What to do on receiving the Request
  • Responding to the Request
  • Failure to send a Response
  • Cross-claim

LCIA (2014)—responding to a Request for Arbitration

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Many arbitral organisations have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with practical guidance and/or changes to their usual procedures and ways of working. For information on how this content and relevant arbitration proceedings may be impacted, see Practice Note: Arbitral organisations and coronavirus (COVID-19)—practical impact. For additional information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arbitration—overview.

This Practice Note concerns arbitration proceedings pursuant to the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitration Rules 2014, effective 1 October 2014 (the LCIA Rules). For practical guidance on arbitration pursuant to the LCIA Rules 2020 (in force 1 October 2020) and the LCIA Rules 1998, consult the relevant Practice Notes here: LCIA arbitration—overview.

An arbitration is commenced under the LCIA Rules by the claimant delivering a Request for Arbitration (the Request) to the LCIA Registrar (the Registrar)—see Practice Note: LCIA (2014)—starting an arbitration. The claimant should also deliver a copy of the Request to each respondent at the same time.

What to do on receiving the Request

Before replying to the Request, the respondent should see:

  1. if the claim has been brought within any relevant limitation period (as, if not, this will form a defence to the claim and could see it dismissed relatively quickly if the arbitral tribunal, once formed, is prepared to deal with it as a preliminary issue)

  2. if the Request names the correct

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