Helena Tavares Erickson Featured in Norton Rose Fulbright Int'l Arbitration Report

In issue 13 of Norton Rose Fulbright’s International Arbitration Report, the firm interviewed Helena Tavares Erickson, Senior Vice-President, Dispute Resolution Services & Corporate Secretary, at CPR.

Erickson discussed CPR's unique approach to arbitration, and some of the key features of CPR's 2019 revised Rules for Administered Arbitration. She also summarized CPR's role in the Working Group discussing important issues of cybersecurity and data protection; recent CPR innovations; CPR's approach to addressing concerns about a lack of diversity in arbitral appointments; a recent joint report with CEDR; and CPR's recently launched International Mediation Procedure, which the firm describes as having "proved timely given the Singapore Mediation Convention launched in August 2019."

On the question of costs and duration of proceedings, a concern for many parties, Erickson told the firm:

"Efficiency in time and costs is at the very heart of CPR’s approach. We find when these are issues for users of ADR, generally it is because they are not using CPR!...[M]ost cases are decided within 11.1 months and if a case runs on more than a year then CPR will ask the parties and tribunal to explain why....We do not have a cookie cutter approach; we work with parties to help them resolve their dispute in the manner they need and want."

The report also looks at the use of arbitration to resolve M&A disputes; continues a series on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and provides an analysis of the proposed reforms to ISDS regimes around the globe; offers an update on mediation developments including the Singapore Mediation Convention; looks at legislative developments and market trends in third party funding; analyzes the important practice topic of data protection and cyber risk in arbitration, and considers how issues of good faith changed circumstances and hardship arise and can be dealt with in arbitration; discusses recent jurisprudence on challenging and enforcing awards from Singapore, Hong Kong, England and Wales; looks in detail at developments in arbitration across Africa; and summarizes “need to know” developments in arbitration law, practice and trends in other jurisdictions across the globe.