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Agreement to appeal on a point of law? Only if your rights are substantially affected

In a recent decision refusing permission to appeal on a point of law under s.69 of the English Arbitration Act the English Commercial Court has provided guidance on the scope of agreements to appeal. The law S.69(1): unless the parties otherwise agree, a party to arbitral proceedings may appeal to the court on a question of law arising out of an award. S.69(2): an appeal shall not be brought except with the agreement of all the other parties to the proceedings, or with the leave of the court. S.69(3): leave

English Court confirms tribunals have jurisdiction to determine disputes involving allegations of criminal conduct

The English High Court has recently confirmed in Interprods Limited v De La Rue International Limited [2014] EWHC 68 (Comm) that, absent a specific statement to the contrary, arbitration clauses confer jurisdiction on arbitral tribunals to determine contractual disputes arising out of alleged criminal conduct. De La Rue had terminated an agency agreement with Interprods following an alleged oral admission by Interprods that payments under the agreement would be used to bribe officials (a criminal offence under the relevant laws). The agency agreement contained an arbitration clause pursuant to which