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Pan Atlantic Group Inc. -v- Hassneh Insurance Co. of Israel

21st Oct 1991

[1992] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 120

Stephen Kenny acted in this matter where an arbitration agreement required the arbitrators to be executive officials in insurance or reinsurance companies. Mr John Butler was appointed, but then retired and became a consultant to a firm of solicitors. Held, he was still eligible to act, since he had been qualified when appointed.

Arbitration – Arbitrator – Appointment – Ineligible to act – Dispute arose under quota share reinsurance treaty – Official of an insurance company appointed by respondents as their arbitrator – Official retired from insurance company and joined leading firm of insurance solicitors as consultant – Whether official rendered himself ineligible to act as arbitrator.