Melanie Willems, partner, Chadbourne & Parke

Mysteries over Saudi City court

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  • Completely empty piece.

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  • Shouldn't Ben's observation be directed at the FT? All the article says is that no Saudi lobbying is required to set up a private 'arbitration court' in the UK, because everyone can do it already under the 1996 Act! The general media often gets it wrong when it comes to understanding the legal framework for arbitration in the UK.

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  • Not entirely empty. I found something at the bottom when I got my torch out: you don't need legislation to do what they want to do, but if they do it give me lots of work.
    Fair enough, I'd say.

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  • Another reason is that a "confidential" court will not expose the civil cases presented to scrutiny by other interested partners. The state oil company does not want claims presented in arbitration to be public, as up to that point, the Kingdom has protected itself with onerous confidentiality clauses in their contracts.

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