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Anthony Lo Surdo SC has joined the Distinguished Panel of THAC

Congratulations to Anthony Lo Surdo SC for his new panel appointment. He is now officially part of the Distinguished Panel of THAC. The Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC) is an institution located in Bangkok Thailand, that provides alternative arbitration and mediation services for cross-border disputes. Anthony, who is accredited as an advanced mediator and arbitration, is now part of the prestigious panel. As part of his re-accreditation process, Anthony Lo Surdo SC has recently attained a 5 Star ranking by the International Mediation Institute. He has been described by an independent reviewer as “having provided mediation services for a range of complex disputes (relating to commercial, family, negligence, property and Supreme Court matters)…” as being “…highly regarded in the legal industry…

Arbitration, News, Mediation 23 Sep, 2022

Lucian ILIE to speak at the ICC YAAF event in Vilnius (Lithuania)

With Vilnius Arbitration Day fast approaching, Lucian ILIE will be speaking at the ICC YAAF pre-event on “The Unwritten Rules of a Career in International Arbitration”, to be held in Vilnius (Lithuania) on Thursday 15 September 2022. Lucian will be joined by amazing speakers Adelina Prokop (Partner, Clifford Chance, Warsaw), Sebastiano Nessi FCIArb (Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, Geneva), Gaëlle Filhol (Managing Partner, Betto Perben Filhol, Paris), and moderators Iuliana Iancu (Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels) and Denis Parchajev (Counsel, Motieka & Audzevicius, Vilnius). This ICC YAAF event will focus on the soft skills arbitration practitioners need to create a healthy workplace environment while maintaining a fast track to achieving career goals. Please click here to find out…

Arbitration, Events, International 5 Sep, 2022

Lucian ILIE published in ICLG 2022: International Arbitration Laws and Regulations – Romania Chapter

Outer Temple’s Lucian ILIE has co-authored the ‘Romania‘ chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide – International Arbitration 2022 along with Adrian Iordache from Consortium Legal. It covers common issues in International Commercial Arbitration, divided into 15 different topics: Arbitration AgreementsGoverning LegislationJurisdictionChoice of Law RulesSelection of Arbitral TribunalProcedural RulesPreliminary Relief and Interim MeasuresEvidentiary MattersMaking and AwardChallenge of an AwardEnforcement of an AwardsConfidentialityRemedies / Interest / CostsInvestor-State ArbitrationsGeneral You can read the full chapter here, free of charge. Find out more Lucian ILIE is a barrister specialised in international law and international arbitration, with particular expertise in investor-State disputes and commercial arbitration cases. Combining experience of civil law culture with common law know-how, Lucian’s practice areas include: (i) International Arbitration, International Organisations, Private and Public International Law and International Commercial Litigation.…

Legal Blog & Publications, International 1 Sep, 2022

Anthony Lo Surdo SC recognised by Doyles Guide as one of Australia’s Leading Arbitration Barristers for the 4th consecutive year

We are proud to share that Outer Temple Professional Associate, Anthony Lo Surdo SC, has been recognised by Doyles Guide as one of Australia’s Leading Arbitration Barristers for the 4th consecutive year. The Doyles Guide 2022 listing of leading Australian Arbitration Barristers, details Senior Counsel and Junior Counsel identified by clients and peers as having particular expertise in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution matters across all Australian legal markets. Anthony has previously been ranked as a leading mediator in New South Wales by Doyles Guide for the 5th consecutive year. Please click here for more details. Anthony Lo Surdo SC is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and registered in the Australian Register of Practising Arbitrators as a Grade 1…

Arbitration, News 26 Jul, 2022

Lucian ILIE has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the IBA under-40 Arbitration Group

Outer Temple’s Lucian ILIE has recently been appointed to the Steering Committee of the International Bar Association’s under-40 arbitration group. He is one of nine new members from around the world. The International Bar Association (IBA) is the world’s leading international membership organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, the IBA was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world’s bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice.  In addition to organising the traditional Arb 40 Symposium (in Miami on 30 October 2022 covering the future of international arbitration), the IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee will organise…

Arbitration, News 11 Jul, 2022

Lucian ILIE joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome the arrival of Lucian ILIE, a former senior associate at Reed Smith LLP, London. Lucian is a specialist in international law and international arbitration, with particular expertise in investor-State and commercial arbitration disputes. Lucian ILIE combines his experience of both civil law culture with common law know-how within International Arbitration, International Organisations, Private and Public International Law and International Commercial Litigation. Before moving to the English Bar, during almost 10 years, Lucian has advised and represented parties throughout Europe, the Middle East and the CIS countries in arbitration matters in various industry sectors including construction, telecoms and energy and under many arbitration rules such as ICSID, UNCITRAL, PCA, SCC, ICC, LCIA and SCAI,…

Commercial, News, International 1 Jul, 2022

Five years of cases before the ADGM Courts

2021 saw the fifth anniversary of the first disputes registered before the Courts of the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Peter Smith takes this opportunity to consider the cases that the ADGM Courts have heard. The Courts publish a searchable list of claims before them. The first claims were registered at the Courts in 2017, and the numbers of cases show a swift increase over the intervening five years from seven claims in 2017, 13 in 2018, eight in 2019, 53 in 2020 and to well over 100 in 2021. An early indication is that the Courts are highly likely to surpass the 2021 total in 2022. Many, if not most, of the cases registered before the Courts relate to claims…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial 11 Apr, 2022

David Holloway is published in ICC Dossiers on multilateral and unilateral sanctions

‘The Case of Multilateral and Unilateral Sanctions.’ David Holloway has co-authored a chapter discussing the interaction between sanctions and international arbitration in the ICC publication ‘Overriding Mandatory Provisions and Arbitrability in International Arbitration’ The sanctions enacted by the European Union (EU), the United States of America (U.S.) and various other States in 2014 against several Russian individuals, as well as the (re-imposed) sanctions regimes put in place against Iran and Iranian nationals have sparked a debate among scholars and practitioners concerning the arbitration of disputes involving parties or transactions targeted by the sanctions. The issues arising from these actions, however, are not completely novel. The impact of sanctions on international arbitration has been studied and discussed for many years, notably…

Arbitration, News, International 11 Apr, 2022

Hong Kong skyline

International arbitration in Hong Kong – innovation and change

Hong Kong continues to compete and innovate in the world of international arbitration. This is reflected in the legislative framework, key reforms, and the practice of the leading institutions in Hong Kong. This short article introduces Hong Kong as a seat of arbitration and provides an update on recent reform and innovation. Authors David Holloway and Damien McDonald conclude this article with an observation on practice in Hong Kong and how it supports the development of Hong Kong as a leading arbitration seat. Arbitration Framework – supporting commercial arbitration Hong Kong’s international focus The arbitration law in Hong Kong was based on English arbitration law until 1989 when the Arbitration Ordinance was amended to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, International 8 Apr, 2022

How arbitration can navigate risk involved in infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific

Anthony Lo Surdo discusses the boom in infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific and how arbitration helps to navigate the risk involved with national infrastructure projects. Parts of the Asia-Pacific are in the grip of a boom in infrastructure projects driven, in some cases, by China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and otherwise by historically low global interest rates which has enabled sovereign states either alone or in partnership with private enterprise to fund projects that were hitherto merely a pipedream. In Australia alone, the 12 largest infrastructure projects total in excess of $A80 billion and include the Westconnex road project (NSW, $A16 billion), the Sydney Metro (NSW, $A12 billion), the Western Sydney Airport (NSW, $A5.3 billion), the Melbourne Metro Tunnel ($A11…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial, News 2 Dec, 2021

Damien McDonald

Damien McDonald joins Outer Temple’s international team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Damien McDonald to our international commercial and arbitration team. Damien is a former solicitor in Australia (2001), England and Wales (2008) and Hong Kong (2016) before transferring to the bar in Hong Kong (2020), and UK Bar (2021). He was a registered foreign lawyer and then international arbitration partner with a leading Chinese law firm in Hong Kong, Fangda Partners between 2014 and 2019. Before then he was with Herbert Smith Freehills in London, Shanghai and Beijing, commencing his legal career in Australia with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood & Mallesons). He specialises in international commercial and contractual disputes predominately involving mainland China. He is based in Hong Kong but will…

News, International 8 Nov, 2021

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