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Introduction
In an April 19 2016 decision the Supreme Court considered whether a lunch attended by a sole arbitrator and a party’s counsel could give rise to doubts regarding the arbitrator’s impartiality and independence.(1)
This was the second challenge to be brought by the respondent against the arbitrator. The first challenge had been dismissed by the Supreme Court even though the arbitrator had not fully disclosed his relationship with one of the parties, as it had been found that the arbitrator had had no intention to conceal the information (for further details please see “Consequences of violating arbitrator’s disclosure obligation”).(2) […]