Challenge to Arbitrator’s Jurisdiction: Maass v Musion Events Limited [2015] EWHC 1346 (Comm)


Andrew Smith J has handed down his judgment in Maass v Musion Events Limited [2015] EWHC 1346 (Comm).

The case concerned a pending LCIA arbitration and a challenge under Section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to what purported to be an arbitrator’s final award on substantive jurisdiction. In particular, whether an arbitrator, whose substantive jurisdiction is challenged, has the ability to render a final award or make orders for costs payable prior to the outcome of the challenge to his jurisdiction. It also considers the question of the validity of an arbitrator’s appointment, where both a party and a potential non-party serve notice to refer.

Alex Goold appeared on behalf of the successful Claimant.