Simon Lofthouse QC and Zulfikar Khayum successfully defeat a challenge to arbitral award in respect of £1bn claim

24th Jun 2020

Simon Lofthouse QC and Zulfikar Khayum have successfully defeated a challenge to an arbitral award brought by a joint venture contractor in respect of a £1bn claim brought by their client who was the employer under a contract for the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital in Doha.

The judgment considers the relationship between Sections 67 and 68(2)(b) of the Arbitration Act 1996 and defines the limits of the permissible challenges which can be raised pursuant to Section 67. The judgment further considers the scope of Article 35 of the ICC Rules and the permissible scope of challenges arising out of a Tribunal’s exercise of any power to correct an award pursuant to a slip rule (or power to interpret) in arbitrations generally.

To view the full judgment of Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (t/a OHL Internacional) & Anor v Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development [2020] EWHC 1643 (Comm), please click here

Simon Lofthouse QC and Zulfikar Khayum were instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for the Defendant.



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