Ahmad Al-Naimi (T/a Buildmaster Construction Services) v Islamic Press Agency Incorporated: CA 28 Jan 2000

The court has an inherent power to stay proceedings. The court could refer a matter to arbitration where there was an arbitration clause, but could also do so under its inherent discretion, where this was not quite clear, but it was clear that good sense and proper management of litigation would suggest such a referral. Although there remained a risk that the matter could come back to the court because of the question about the Arbitrator’s jurisdiction, in this case that remained unlikely.
Waller LJ observed: ‘a stay under the inherent jurisdiction may in fact be sensible in a situation where the Court cannot be sure of those matters but can see that good sense and litigation management makes it desirable for an arbitrator to consider the whole matter first.’


Waller LJ


Times 16-Mar-2000, [2000] EWCA Civ 17, [2000] 1 Lloyd’s Law Reports 522




Arbitration Act 1996 9


England and Wales

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Updated: 17 May 2022; Ref: scu.77764