dispute resolution-  arbitration


Our practice includes the following: 

1) Mediation and Conciliation

2) Domestic and International Arbitration
3) Enforcement of Awards in India

4) Enforcement of Awards outside India


October, 2019

Section 34 Arbitration Act- Additional Evidence Can Be Adduced Only In Exceptional Cases

​​"The proceedings under Section 34 of the Act are summary proceedings and is not in the nature of a regular suit."
The Supreme Court has held that proceedings under Section 34 of Arbitration and Conciliation Act will not ordinarily require anything beyond the record that was before the arbitrator and only in exceptional case, additional evidence can be permitted to be adduced.

AUGUST, 2019

Only The High Court  Which Has Jurisdiction Over 'Venue' Of Arbitration Can Entertain Petition Seeking Appointment Of Arbitrator

Brahmani River Pellets Limited vs. Kamachi Industries Limited, Supreme Court of India.
Non-use of words like "exclusive jurisdiction", "only", "exclusive", "alone" is not decisive and does not make any material difference."
When the parties agreed to have the "venue" of arbitration at a particular place, only the High Court which has jurisdiction over the said place can entertain the petition seeking appointment of Arbitrator under Section 11(6) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, the Supreme Court has held.

12 May 2019

 Sec.34 Arbitration Act- Unilateral Addition To Contract By Arbitral Tribunal Violates Most Basic Notions Of Justice 

CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4779 OF 2019 (Arising out of Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.19033 of 2017)
Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. Versus  National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

When it comes to the 'public policy of India' argument based upon 'most basic notions of justice', it is clear that this ground can be attracted only in very exceptional circumstances when the conscience of the Court is shocked by infraction of fundamental notions or principles of justice" Holding that "a unilateral addition or alteration of a contract can never be foisted upon an unwilling party", the Supreme Court has set aside an arbitral award on the grounds of it being in conflict with "most basic notions of justice" and thereby conflicting with "public policy of India" as per Section 34(2)(b)(ii)(iii) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996. 

In addition to that, the Court held that the award was also liable to be set aside under Section 34(2)(a)(iii) on the finding that the party was rendered "unable to present his case".

August 24, 2018

No Appointment Of Arbitrator If There Is Violation Of Conditionality Clause In Arbitration Agreement:...

United India Insurance Co. Ltd. vs. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd....

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud took note of a judgment rendered by a three-judge bench in  Oriental Insurance Company Limited vs. Narbheram Power and Steel Private Limited that held that if a clause stipulates that under certain circumstances there can be no arbitration, and they are demonstrably clear, then the controversy pertaining to the appointment of arbitrator has to be put to rest.

Allowing the appeals, the bench said: “It is clear that the arbitration clause has to be interpreted strictly.

The subject clause 7 which is in pari materia to clause 13 of the policy considered by a three-Judge Bench in Oriental Insurance Company Limited (supra), is a conditional expression of intent. Such an arbitration clause will get activated or kindled only if the dispute between the parties is limited to the quantum to be paid under the policy. .

The liability should be unequivocally admitted by the insurer. That is the precondition and sine qua non for triggering the arbitration clause.To put it differently, an arbitration clause would enliven or invigorate only if the insurer admits or accepts its liability under or in respect of the concerned policy.”...

MARCH 31, 2018

​Dispute resolution centres a hit, ease pressure on courts

Mediation is picking up as a popular mode of dispute resolution, particularly at the district level, where people are preferring to resolve disputes at the Alternate Dispute Resolution centres rather than courts.
The number of cases referred by the courts to ADR centres in districts have shown a sharp increase in the past few years in some states. Centres in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and UP have 35,000 to 75,000 cases listed for mediation at the ADR centres.

Legal Services authorities are engaged in promoting the use of ADR mechanisms," the minister said of centres set up in states that deal with matters referred to them by courts.

The government is promoting ADR mechanism through mediations to bring down the pressure on the regular courts which are having huge pendency of cases. The subordinate courts in the country have more than 2.69 crore cases pending.

28, December 2017

BlackBerry Loses Payment Dispute With Nokia, to Pay $137 Million 

An arbitration court ordered smartphone pioneer BlackBerry Ltd to pay $137 million (roughly Rs. 883.5 crores) to Nokia to settle a payment dispute and the Canadian company said it would pursue a separate patent infringement case against the Finnish firm.

The International Court of Arbitration ruled earlier this week that BlackBerry had failed to make certain payments to Nokia under a patent licence contract, BlackBerry said on Friday.

December 5, 2017

Tamil Nadu Moves Court To Stop Nissan From Go For Arbitration Against Centre

 The Tamil Nadu government has moved the Madras High Court to restrain Nissan Motor Company, which runs its unit here, from proceeding with international arbitration against the Centre in a dispute which involves, among other things, refund of Value Added Tax (VAT).

Opposing arbitration under the Indo-Japanese Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), the state government said it was not the remedy.

The remedy for Nissan and its Joint Venture partner Renault lay in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered with it and not the CEPA, to which Tamil Nadu was not a party.

Even under CEPA, the firm cannot go in for arbitration as it has gone to the High Court over a related matter which is pending, the state government contended in its plea.

October, 27, 2017

​Kochi Tuskers win arbitration against BCCI

Kochi Tuskers' owners had won the arbitration in 2015 challenging BCCI's decision to encash bank guarantee citing breach of agreement.

Kochi Tuskers have won arbitration against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over wrongful terminational from the IPL.

The now scrapped franchise has asked to be paid Rs 850 crore in compensation. 

September 22, 2017

NCLAT to study London Arbitration court award in McDonald's-Bakshi dispute

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Thursday said that it will study the award given by the London Court of International Arbitration to arrive at a decision in the ongoing dispute between the US-based fast food McDonald's and its estranged Indian partner Vikram Bakshi.

A bench headed by Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya said the Tribunal will see whether it is the case of operational mismanagement or arbitral dispute. He said that if it's operational mismanagement then the LCIA award is not binding.The bench further added that if it's the case of arbitral dispute, then the tribunal has no jurisdiction

September 05, 2017

Law ministry panel recommends revamp of arbitration framework

The Justice BN Srikrishna committee, set up by the law ministry in January to suggest reforms in India’s arbitration mechanism, has recommended key amendments in the existing arbitration laws and establishment of an arbitration promotion council of India (APCI) among other suggestions.

The recommendations submitted to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday include setting up a dedicated bar for arbitration and creating special arbitration benches for commercial disputes in courts.

The committee — set up on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn India into an international hub of arbitration — has said the Arbitration and Conciliation Act should be limited to domestic arbitrations and suggested a time limit for completion of proceedings.

May 01, 2017

Delhi HC Makes 2015 Amendments To Arbitration Act Applicable To Proceedings Initiated Under The 1996 Act

Ratna Infrastructure Projects Pvt. Ltd. v. Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited, Arb. Pet 537/2016

In Ratna Infrastructure Projects Pvt. Ltd. v. Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited, Arb. Pet 537/2016, Justice S. Muralidhar   made observations on the applicability of the 2015 amendments over the arbitration proceedings commenced under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Act”) i.e. before 23 October 2015.

The Court interpreted the words “unless the parties otherwise agree” as used in the Section 26 of the Amendment Act in light of the standard agreement terms and held that the amendment act shall be applicable to the arbitral proceedings initiated before 23 October 2015, since the parties had agreed to statutory modification in their agreement and hence the 2015 amendments shall come within the ambit of the clause.

Court held that it is not necessary for the parties to expressly enter into a separate agreement to make the 2015 amendments applicable to the arbitration proceedings

April 29, 2017

Tata Sons-NTT Docomo case: Delhi HC clears $1.17 b arbitral award

he Delhi high court on Friday cleared the way for enforcement of the $1.17 billion arbitral award between Tata Sons and NTT Docomo. Accordingly, Tata Sons can proceed with the transfer of the amount to Docomo, and subsequently Docomo can transfer its shares in Tata Teleservices Ltd to Tata Sons. The amount of $1.17 billion has already been deposited by Tata Sons with the court. Justice S. Muralidhar rejected Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) intervention in the enforcement of the award that had been agreed to by both parties.

February 28, 2017

A dispute resolution mechanism will be put in place to address issues in the infrastructure space, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.
"After extensive stakeholder consideration we have decided that the required mechanism would be institutionalised as the part of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996," he said.
An Amendment bill would be shortly introduced in this regard, Jaitley said in his Union Budget 2017-18 speech.
"I stated in my budget speech last year that a Bill would be introduced to streamline institutional arrangement for the resolution of disputes in infrastructure-related construction contracts, PPP and public utility contracts," he added.