Leilah Bruton recently authored the “Summary Judgment in International Arbitrations Seated in England: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives” chapter in International Arbitration in England: Perspectives in Times of Change, published by Kluwer Law International.

The chapter examines the potential impact of recent developments in the recognition of the arbitral tribunal’s power summarily to dismiss claims or defences or decide issues in international arbitration, with a particular focus on arbitrations seated in England. It provides an overview of the rules granting tribunals the power of summary judgment and looks at the application of these provisions in practice by arbitral tribunals and the attitude of the English courts towards the use of summary judgment processes in arbitration. The chapter also explores the residual due process concerns that a summary process may raise and considers whether it would benefit from being enshrined in an amendment to the Arbitration Act 1996.

The book provides a detailed consideration of the challenges and opportunities for the future of international arbitration in England, covering a wide range of topics including virtual hearings, diversity in international arbitration, ‘green arbitration’ practices, challenges to arbitrators, enjoining foreign States in English proceedings, cost recovery, and third-party funding.

To view the publication, click here.


Leilah is a partner in our London office. She has extensive experience representing corporations on the resolution of complex disputes involving investment treaties and contractual relationships, with a particular focus on disputes in the oil & gas, mining, and telecoms sectors.

Leilah has been named a Who’s Who Legal: Future Leader for 2018-2022, in which peers and clients described her as “one of the most efficient practitioners” and as having “outstanding leadership skills”. Leilah has also been recognised as a Rising Star for both international arbitration and public international law in The Legal 500 UK 2022, and a Rising Star in The Legal 500’s International Arbitration Powerlist 2019 for the UK.

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