LCIA (2020)—responding to a Request for Arbitration

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

  • LCIA (2020)—responding to a Request for Arbitration
  • What to do on receiving the Request
  • Responding to the Request
  • Failure to send the Response
  • Counterclaim and cross-claim
  • Amending the Response

LCIA (2020)—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 London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration proceedings pursuant to the LCIA 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, see 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 (2020)—starting an arbitration. The claimant should also deliver a copy of the Request to each respondent at the same time.

The primary method of delivery of communications, including the Request, is by email or other electronic means (LCIA, art 4.1). A respondent, who is aware of a dispute, should be careful to keep an eye on email inboxes and on any messaging services such as WhatsApp and WeChat, which may have been used during the transactions at issue. A Request will come from the claimant, not the LCIA, and it may be

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