Latham & Watkins review the English High Court’s 2018 decision in Sonact Group Limited v Premuda Spa  EWHC 3820, where the court confirmed that an arbitral tribunal had jurisdiction over a dispute arising from an informal settlement agreement despite the fact that the agreement did not contain an arbitration clause and was no more than an informal routine arrangement to settle sums under the charterparty. The authors comments that the case highlights the English court’s pragmatic and pro-arbitration approach – on the facts, the court was willing to consider the wider industry context and practice in ascertaining the parties’ intentions and was unpersuaded by the fact that the settlement agreement did not contain an express arbitration clause. … READ MORE
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The case serves as a reminder to practitioners drafting settlement agreements that the safest approach is for parties to include express terms on dispute resolution and governing law in settlement agreements in order to avoid costly and time consuming disputes on jurisdiction.