LCIA (2020)—general guidelines for authorised representatives

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

  • LCIA (2020)—general guidelines for authorised representatives
  • What should I advise my client?
  • The parties' central obligation (LCIA, art 18.5)
  • The potential sanctions for non-compliance (LCIA, art 18.6)
  • The general guidelines (LCIA, Annex)
  • The objective—Annex, para 1
  • The five general guidelines—Annex, para 2–6

LCIA (2020)—general guidelines for authorised representatives

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This Practice Note concerns arbitration proceedings pursuant to the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitration Rules 2020 (the LCIA Rules) effective 1 October 2020.

For practical guidance on arbitration pursuant to the LCIA Rules 2014 and 1998, the previous versions, please see the relevant Practice Notes here: LCIA arbitration—overview.

While parties to arbitration under the LCIA Rules are not obliged to be legally represented, it is usual for a party to have some form of representative. The LCIA Rules permit a party to be represented by ‘one or more authorised representatives’ appearing by name before the arbitral tribunal (LCIA, art 18.1). A code of conduct for party representatives, referred to as 'general guidelines', was introduced in the 2014 version of the LCIA Rules and was retained in the LCIA Rules 2020. This code of conduct contains a truncated and selective version of the International Bar Association (IBA) Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration.

What should I advise my client?

As discussed in greater detail below, although the LCIA's

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