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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan: Party-appointed arbitrators, impartiality and a perceived need for change

Anthony Sinclair

Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

anthonysinclair@quinnemanuel.com

It is an old adage that the quality of any arbitration as a method of dispute resolution is only as good as the arbitrators themselves. The lack of substantial scrutiny over the arbitrators’ decision rests on the assumption that the parties wish to avoid any extensive review of the arbitral award by the courts at the seat of the arbitration (or indeed anywhere else).