Rua Fialho de Almeida, 32 – 1º Esq.
1. It is not acceptable for an arbitrator to delegate work to a junior lawyer who is not a member of the tribunal.
2. When the complexity of the case so justifies, it is acceptable for a tribunal to appoint a secretary to assist it with the administrative tasks relating to the proceedings.
3. It is not appropriate for tribunals to attempt to identify and decide potentially dispositive issues early in a case if one of the parties objects.
4. Arbitral tribunals should offer to assist parties in reaching a settlement, and actively look for opportunities to do so, if none of the parties objects.
5. Arbitral tribunals must provide parties with their preliminary views of the strengths and weaknesses of their claims and defences only when requested by both parties to do so.
6. Arbitral tribunals should not in principle apply a set of rules for the taking of evidence or the conduct of the case if one of the parties objects to their application but it can never forego its powers to conduct the case according to the provisions of the lex arbitri.
7. It will depend on the case to grant a party’s request for e-discovery.
8. Parties in principle should not be obliged to provide a summary of their arguments to the tribunal before the hearing (skeleton arguments).
9. Arbitrators should consult with the parties who appointed them before proposing names for a chair to the other co-arbitrator.
10. Arbitrators should be available to be interviewed by the parties before being appointed (in accordance, for example, with the Guidelines for Arbitrator Interviews published by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).
11. Sometimes, parties should interview a prospective chair that has been identified, before agreeing the appointment.
12. For a counsel that has engaged in misconduct, arbitrators should discipline during proceedings, immediately when misconduct occurs.
13. It will in principle be appropriate for a party to recover all of its reasonable costs (including counsel fees) if it has prevailed on its claims or defences.
14. It will depend on the case if it is appropriate for a party to recover the reasonable costs of any in-house counsel who conducted or assisted the party's conduct of the arbitration.
15. Arbitrators should not have a preference to conduct the proceedings in the style of the common law, nor of the civil law and that style should instead be adopted depending on the case.
16. Arbitrators should request the parties to disclose to the tribunal whether they are being funded by third-parties and, if so, the identity of the funder.
The following is a statement of how I prefer to conduct arbitration proceedings in cases in which I have been, or could be, appointed:
• Early involvement of the parties in matters such as selection of seat, language, rules, law, procedural timetable, and the conduct of the proceedings, and especially: a) agreement as to fees (if not provided in applicable rules); b) expectation of the parties as to time and costs.
• At the earliest possible opportunity, identification of the issues in dispute, the relief sought, the facts which are undisputed between the parties (and the facts which are disputed), and the legal grounds on which the parties base their positions.
• If these matters are not sufficiently clear, it is advisable to seek its clarification with the parties at the first opportunity.
• Avoid unnecessary production of evidence particularly regarding any factual background that has been identified as undisputed.
• Enhanced use of technology, including video-conferencing when available.
• Issuance of the award within the time-limits of the applicable rules.
* This is a reply to a questionnaire inserted in the article “Puppies or Kittens? A Modest Proposal to Help Arbitrators Better Match Themselves with User Expectations“, by Ema Vidak-Gojkovic, Lucy Greenwood and Michael McIlwrath.
Lawyer, Arbitrator and Legal consultant, with vast experience on Litigation and Arbitration, IT Law, IP Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Entertainment Law. As lawyer has experience with major Portuguese IT / IP companies, insurance companies and others, dealing with corporate and commercial law, IT / IP law, litigation and arbitration. As arbitrator and lawyer at arbitration procedures has experience with domestic and international arbitration on Copyright Law, IP Law, Contracts Law and Corporate Law, both institutionalized and ad hoc arbitration. Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; Member of the Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) & Queen Mary University of London Law School – London; Member of the Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (ICC Paris); Member of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Portugal.
Professional License nº 8830L – Portuguese Bar Association (since 1990); Member of “APA” Portuguese Arbitration Association; Member of the London Court of International Association European Users’ Council; Member of International Bar Association; Member of the ICCA - International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Member of the International Arbitration Institute – Paris; Member of the ASA - Swiss Arbitration Association; Member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society; Member of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration.
Portuguese Panel of Arbitrators of the International Film and Television Alliance; “Arbitrare – Arbitration Centre” (Lisbon, Portugal); WIPO; China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC); Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA); - British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC); appointed to the WIPO List of Arbitrators; appointed to the Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Economy; appointed to the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; appointed to the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration; appointed to the Russian Arbitration Association; Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACL).
As arbitrator: sole arbitrator or member of the tribunal in domestic and international ad hoc arbitration proceedings; as counsel: domestic and international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc and under the Rules of the Arbitration Centre of the Lisbon District Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (mainly commercial, corporate and IP law).
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