Research

International & Domestic Arbitration Specialists

Transforming from Foreign Law Qualifications to practising as a Legal Professional in India

1/Apr/2021, 12:52 PM, Authored by Kanika Arora

Over the past decade, the Indian legal market has demonstrated considerable growth and has in fact, adopted a liberalised approach. With the increase in the number of foreign investors being interested in the Indian market, it becomes all the more dramatic and exciting of an industry for lawyers. Especially young lawyers, that are practising in their formative years, would always be eager to work in a market where there is immense opportunity to learn and gain experience and to be in the midst of a dynamic marketplace.

The Battle Between The Giants Continues: The Conundrum Of ‘Emergency Arbitration’ In India

10/Mar/2021, 11:09 AM, Authored by Hiroo Advani, Kanika Arora, Manav Nagpal & Surbhi Ahuja

Caught up in the grid lock of a massive dispute making headlines every day, Amazon, Future Group and Reliance continue their battle all the way to the Supreme Court of India.

Validity Of An Arbitration Agreement In An Unstamped Agreement: A Step Forward

3/Feb/2021, 12:50 PM, Authored by Hiroo Advani & Mahi Mehta

The Apex Court on 11 January, 2021 took a giant progressive leap towards developing a more liberal arbitration regime in the country by holding that non-payment of stamp duty would not invalidate the arbitration agreement. A bench comprising of Hon’ble Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice Indira Banerjee in the matter of N.N. Global Mercantile Pvt. Ltd v. Indo Unique Flame Ltd. & Others1 has interestingly referred the issue ‘whether non-payment of Stamp duty on Commercial Contract will invalidate an Arbitration Agreement’ to be authoritatively settled by a Constitution Bench.

20 Important Judgments On Arbitration: August, 2020 To December, 2020

19/Jan/2021, 9:56 AM, Authored by Tariq Khan

The year 2020 has seen some important legislative and case law developments in arbitration law in India. The year ended with the following landmark judgments by the Supreme Court.

The Menace Of Inartistic Drafting Of An Arbitration Clause: Things To Keep In Mind

19/Jan/2021, 9:49 AM, Authored by Hiroo Advani & Tariq Khan

The words of Hon’ble Ms Justice Indu Malhotra in the case of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. v. Canara Bank & Ors.,  judgment dated 08.08.2019 in Civil Appeal Nos. 6202-6205 of 2019, “that a valid arbitration agreement is the foundation stone on which the entire edifice of the arbitral process is structured” lay emphasis on the vitality of an Arbitration Clause.

Privatisation of BPCL: Odds Of It Becoming A Success Story

23/Dec/2020, 6:04 AM, Authored by Mr. Hiroo Advani & Ms. Kanika Arora

The Government of India (“GoI”) had, in November 2019, lined up the sale of five (5) public sector units’ (“PSUs”) stakes, including its 52.98 per cent stake (114.91 crore equity shares) in blue chip oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (“BPCL”) and accordingly, sought Expressions of Interest (“EOIs”) from potential acquirers by July 31, 2020. The actual sell-off would obviously depend upon the market once all EOIs had been received.

Arbitrability of Tenancy Disputes: A Step in the right Direction Overview

23/Dec/2020, 5:55 AM, Authored by Mr. Hiroo Advani & Tariq Khan

A long due controversy on arbitrability of tenancy disputes has finally been put to rest by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. A bench comprising of Hon’ble Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Krishna Murari on 14 December, 2020 in the matter of “Vidya Drolia and others v Durga Trading Corporation” (‘Vidya Drolia -II’)

The end of a SAGA- the Conundrum of Arbitrability of Landlord-Tenant Disputes

22/Dec/2020, 12:05 PM, Authored by Mr. Hiroo Advani, Mr. Tariq Khan & Ms. Mahi Mehta

A long due controversy on arbitrability of tenancy disputes has finally been put to rest by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. A bench comprising of Hon’ble Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Krishna Murari on 14 December, 2020

Changing Contours Of Public Policy In India: Unblinkering The Unruly Horse

17/Dec/2020, 10:18 AM, Authored by Hiroo Advani & Tariq Khan

The words of J. Burrough aptly justify the unpredictability of the interpretation of the term ‘public policy’ when he says, “Public Policy is an unruly horse where once you stride on it you do not know where it’s going to take you.”

Article on litigation funding

10/Nov/2020, 12:53 PM, Authored by Mr. Hiroo Advani, Ms. Kanika Arora, Mr. Navdeep Dahiya

The appetite for ‘litigation funding’, amongst claimants as well as investors, has never been greater. Over the last decade, this appetite has been pushed to greater lengths and breadths as a result of widening globalisation and liberalisation of funding regimes across jurisdictions. In fact, ‘litigation funding’ is now considered to be the new ‘normal’ for capital infusion for furthering resolution of disputes, in both domestic litigation as well as international arbitration…