Law360 Publishes Q&A on International Arbitration with Hamish Lal

Hamish Lal, a partner in Akin Gump’s international arbitration practice, has been featured in a Q&A column with Law360. Among the topics he covered:

  • What attracted him to international arbitration work: “Speed; freedom to select the tribunal and the procedure; confidentiality; and relative enforceability of awards are all reasons cited in support of international arbitration. Secondly, the opportunity to travel to various seats and to see at first-hand major complex construction projects was compelling on many levels. Thirdly, international arbitration provided the opportunity for advocacy and the opportunity to work with differing tribunals in a range of different seats and under a variety of applicable laws.”
  • Two trends he sees that are affecting the practice of international arbitration: “Neutrality of the tribunal: A growing skepticism and thus a move away from having counsel and party-nominated arbitrators from the same entity (whether that be the same law firm or an English chambers of barristers) is an obvious and tangible procedural trend. … The second tangible trend is the increase in use of the relatively newer arbitration centers such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC).
  • The most challenging case he’s worked on: “The opponent failed to follow the procedural timetable or any of the procedural orders relating to document production or expert evidence. The real challenge here was to best assist the tribunal and to also ensure that any potential enforcement problems were apprehended and mitigated.”

To read the full Q&A with all of Lal’s responses, please click here.