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Hardwicke: International commercial arbitration: security for costs and third-party funding

Nigel Jones QC

Hardwicke

nigel.jones@hardwicke.co.uk

Frederico Singarajah

Hardwicke

frederico.singarajah@hardwicke.co.uk

‘As arbitration clauses are widespread in some sectors of economic activity, there has been a serious impediment to the development of the common law by the courts in the UK [though] the UK has not reached the stark example… in the United States, where mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts are removing whole classes of claim from the jurisdiction of the courts and undermining aspects of the law’s development,’ noted Lord Chief Justice Thomas in his 2016 Bailii lecture. As he tries to reverse the arbitration tide so the common law can continue to develop public precedents, others are still promoting arbitration as the best way forward.