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Removal of arbitrator: apparent bias

Arbitration Law Monthly

Removal of arbitrator: apparent bias

The decision of Knowles J in W Ltd v M Sdn Bhd [2016] EWHC 422 (Comm) highlights a discrepancy between English law principles on the removal of an arbitrator for potential bias and the seemingly higher standards recognised by the International Bar Association. Knowles J in this case applied the common law and expressed the view that the IBA Rules were – in the context of the relationship of the arbitrator to affiliates of a party – too strict.

W v M : the facts

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