On 27 July 2016, ACICA, in collaboration with King & Wood Mallesons’ International Arbitration team in Sydney, presented a mock arbitration case featuring some of the new additions to the 2016 ACICA Arbitration Rules.

The panel was comprised of some of Australia’s preeminent international arbitration practitioners; Georgia Quick, Partner at Ashurst Australia (acting as counsel for the plaintiff), Tim Breakspear, Barrister at Banco Chambers (acting as counsel for the defendant), Robert Tang, Senior Associate at Allen & Overy (acting as counsel for the third party defendant), Deborah Tomkinson, ACICA Secretary General (representing ACICA) and Malcolm Holmes QC, Chartered Arbitrator and barrister at 11 Wentworth Chambers (representing the tribunal). The mock case was moderated by Edwina Kwan, Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons.

Besides a general overview of the procedural requirements under the ACICA Arbitration Rules 2016, some interesting features of the new Rules were also discussed.  In particular, the ACICA Expedited Arbitration Rules 2016, joining arbitral proceedings (Art 15) and challenging arbitrators (Art. 17). Attendees to the session were encouraged to interact during the mock case, which offered some lively debates.

Blessed with the rich experience of the panellists, the attendees were offered a taste of running an arbitration under the new ACICA Rules as well as a “behind the scenes” perspective of  ACICA’s role in the arbitration process.

Author: Brecht Valcke, King & Wood Mallesons