Transnational Dispute Management

On 27 November 2020 the UK Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in Halliburton Company (Appellant) v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (formerly known as Ace Bermuda Insurance Ltd) (First Respondent)1 (hereinafter Halliburton v Chubb). The court upheld (for different reasons) the decisions of the lower courts and unanimously dismissed Halliburton’s appeal.

Authors: Lucy M. Winnington-Ingram

The judgment was handed down by Lord Hodge, with whom Lord Reed, Lady Black and Lord Lloyd-Jones agree. Lady Arden gave a concurring judgment. The central issues to be determined on appeal concerned (i) whether and to what extent an arbitrator may accept multiple appointments involving a common party and overlapping subject matters without giving rise to an appearance of bias; (ii) and whether and to what extent an arbitrator may accept such appointments without disclosure.2

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  1. [2020] UKSC 48.
  2. Halliburton v Chubb [2020] UKSC 38, para 2.