Agreeing to arbitrate: UK Supreme Court delivers judgment in Kabab-ji v Kout Food Group

The UK Supreme Court yesterday handed down its highly anticipated decision in Kabab-ji S.A.L. (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [2021] UKSC 48, concerning enforcement of a Paris arbitral award in England and Wales. The decision provides further clarification on the English approach for determining the governing law of an arbitration agreement, and follows the…

The Digital Dispute Resolution Rules: A universal dispute resolution process for the digital age?

Executive summary Following recent developments in the law relating to digital assets across the globe, the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce released its Digital Dispute Resolution Rules on 22 April 2021. The publication of the Rules follows the launch of the Taskforce’s Legal Statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts. The UKJT Rules build on the conclusion of…

Cryptocurrency fraud: interim judgement entered against persons unknown in High Court

Recovering stolen cryptocurrency presents challenges. In cases of cryptocurrency fraud it is often difficult to identify those responsible, and exchanges and wallet providers can be uncooperative in releasing potentially identifying information, even to their own clients.   Helpfully, following an urgent ex parte application, the English High Court in Ion Science Ltd v Persons Unknown (unreported, 21 December 2020) recently…