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ARBITRATION: Bound to be friendly

05 December 2014  

Daniel Kalderimis and Nicole Evans look at the enforcement of tiered dispute resolution clauses

In a departure from the orthodox English approach, the English High Court recently held that an agreement to participate in ‘friendly discussions’ was enforceable as a condition precedent to arbitration.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Aiton Australia Pty Ltd v Transfield Pty Ltd (1999) 153 FLR 236

    Cable & Wireless plc v IBM United Kingdom Ltd [2002] CLC 1319

    Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Ltd [2014] EWHC 2104 (Comm)

    Holloway & anor v Chancery Mead Ltd [2007] EWHC 2495 (TCC)

    Porter & ors v Gullivers Travel Group Ltd [2007] NZCA 345

    Sulamérica CIA Nacional de Seguros SA & ors v Enesa Engenharia SA [2012] EWCA Civ 638

    United Group Rail Services Ltd v Rail Corporation New South Wales [2009] NSWCA 177

    Walford v Miles [1992] 2 AC 128

    Wellington City Council v Body Corporate 51702 (Wellington) [2002] NZCA 191