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Arbitration News: Challenges to arbitrator’s appointment

May 2019
Antony Smith, Anna Braden and Amelia Hamilton

Challenges to an arbitrator’s appointment are not everyday events, and successful challenges are rare. However, there may be instances where a party is dissatisfied with the arbitrator/s appointed and may seek to remove them from the tribunal.

The party challenging the arbitrator should be aware that the hurdle to success is set high and so should reflect carefully before mounting any challenge to an arbitrator’s independence or impartiality. However where there are genuine concerns, do not delay as any delay could be fatal to a challenge.

Antony, Anna and Amelia discuss the grounds and procedure for challenge under arbitral rules and the consequences of a successful challenge.

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