- LCIA Arbitration Rules 2020—a heavier touch?
- What are the practical implications of the rule changes?
- What was the background?
- What are the new rules?
- Composite Requests (LCIA Rules 2020, art 1.2)
- Amendments to Requests (LCIA Rules 2020, art 1.5)
- LCIA Court’s permission for non-electronic communications (LCIA Rules 2020, art 4)
- Tribunal Secretary (LCIA Rules 2020, art 14A)
- Mandatory early contact (LCIA Rules 2020, art 14.3)
- LCIA Court’s power to consolidate arbitrations (LCIA Rules 2020, art 22.8(ii))
- Interim and conservatory measures (LCIA Rules 2020, art 25.3)
Arbitration analysis: Following our initial coverage of the release of the London Court of International Arbitration’s (LCIA’s) 2020 edition of its Arbitration Rules, which enter into force on 1 October 2020 (the LCIA Rules 2020), this analysis considers some of the rule changes which have practical implications for the commencement and conduct of LCIA arbitrations. On the one hand, the LCIA Rules 2020 have been brought up to date with some pragmatic and user-friendly innovations, such as new provisions for electronic communications, electronic signing of arbitration awards, virtual hearings, and early disposal of unmeritorious claims. On the other hand, the LCIA Court has assumed new powers, which may not be welcomed by all parties who had been attracted by the LCIA’s ‘light touch’ approach to administration. The LCIA Court’s jurisdiction will now extend to deciding how a Request for Arbitration (Request) should be delivered, allowing a claimant to amend its Request, permitting composite Requests, and ordering consolidation of arbitrations.
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