Interlegal lawyers won the case in London
The Client – Ukrainian company engaged in design and engineering works for foreign firms – applied to Interlegal, due to non-payment by the Customer (a large UAE company) for already completed orders and payment delays.
At the first stage, Interlegal lawyers agreed with the Debtor schedule of debt recovery, followed by partial repayment of indebtedness. However, such schedule was not met, since indebtedness accumulated due to unpaid additional works performed by the Client.
All attempts of amicable dispute settlement faced ignorance on the part of counteragent, so the only variant was arbitration settlement. With regards to imperfection of the arbitration agreement that provided ad hoc tribunal in London, the Defendant still ignored any communications, which made it impossible to form an arbitration tribunal. The Claimant had to apply to the High Court of Justice in order to appoint an arbitrator on the merits. Interlegal lawyers coordinated proceedings at the High Court, while actual representatives were the English barristers.
Following appointment of arbitrator by the court, Interlegal experts led the arbitration proceedings directly. Following 5 stages of exchanging documents and statements between the parties, the arbitrator decided to satisfy all the Claimant’s claims in full, regarding both principal indebtedness and all the expenses for case proceedings by arbitration tribunal and the High Court.
The strategy of ignoring did not prevent the Defendant’s liability, but only made the situation worse, while the final debt amount increased by over 25% of the original claim.
Interlegal lawyer Mykola Kozachenko and senior associate Andrey Perepelitsa led judicial and arbitration proceedings.
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