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“Challenging an Arbitrator for Lack of Required Qualification,” International Arbitration Law Review

In the latest issue of International Arbitration Law Review, Partner John H. Mathias, Jr. and Associate Thomas Wingfield analyse the significance of the English Commercial Court decision in Tonicstar v Allianz Insurance. Arbitration agreements, including those in influential standard form contracts, may require that an arbitrator has certain qualifications, membership and/or experience. Here, the question is whether an arbitrator’s experience in the law and disputes of the insurance/reinsurance industry satisfies an arbitration agreement that the arbitrator should have experience in that industry.