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In brief The Supreme Court of Victoria’s recent decision in Vergara v Chartered Accountants ANZ [2021] VSC 34 has important implications on the availability of judicial review in respect of the decisions of private bodies in Australia. The full decision can be found here. Mr Vergara’s claim Claudio Vergara was a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) from May 2001 until his membership was cancelled in March 2015. His membership was cancelled…

Australian Courts: Granting a stay of proceedings The Australian courts are often requested to enforce an arbitration agreement by granting a stay of court proceedings. A stay application may be made when a party has commenced court proceedings despite the existence of an arbitration agreement in the underlying contract. In Australia, the courts may be requested to grant a stay in relation to domestic arbitrations under section 8 of the Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW)…

The Federal Court of Australia (FCA) has enforced two ICSID awards against the Kingdom of Spain (Spain) in Eiser Infrastructure Ltd v Kingdom of Spain. [1] The FCA rejected Spain’s argument that it was immune from the jurisdiction of the Australian courts (asserted pursuant to sections 9 and 10(7) of the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 (Cth) (Immunities Act)). The investors (Investors) involved in two ICSID arbitrations applied under s35(4) of the International Arbitration Act…