The recent Court of Appeal decision in Itochu Corporation v Johann M. K. Blumenthal & another has established that ad hoc arbitrations without an appointing authority under the Arbitration Act 1996, unless the parties agree on the number of arbitrators, a sole arbitrator will be appointed even if the arbitration agreement suggests that the parties contemplated more than one arbitrator.
White & Case represented the successful claimant (the respondent at the appeal stage).
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