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TCC grants AA 1996, s 9 stay applying the presumption in favour of ‘one stop adjudication’ in multi-contract scenario (Surrey County Council v Suez Recycling and Recovery Surrey)

Published on: 22 July 2021
Published by: LexisPSL
  • TCC grants AA 1996, s 9 stay applying the presumption in favour of ‘one stop adjudication’ in multi-contract scenario (Surrey County Council v Suez Recycling and Recovery Surrey)
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  • What did the court decide?
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Article summary

Arbitration analysis: Mr Alexander Nissen QC (sitting as a High Court Judge in the Technology and Construction Court) granted a stay of litigation proceedings in favour of arbitration pursuant to section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (AA 1996). The decision states that the presumption in favour of ‘one-stop adjudication’ still has application where there is more than one contract between the same parties, each with a different dispute resolution clause. This is especially so where the different dispute resolution clauses can be construed so as to sit alongside one another. In a case where the first contract contains an arbitration agreement and a second contract contains a clause referring disputes to the domestic courts, it may be possible to construe these provisions consistently. However, it would not be correct to construe the reference to domestic courts as merely identifying the supervisory court of any arbitration commenced under the first contract. Instead, the correct approach is to identify the remaining provisions of the second contract that do not fall within the ambit of the arbitration agreement, even if this leaves the reference to domestic courts with ‘very little purpose in practice’. Written by Ben Bury, partner at Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) in Hong Kong. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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