Pioneer Shipping Ltd v BTP Tioxide Ltd (‘The Nema’): HL 1982

There is no fetter on the judicial discretion to refuse leave under Section 1(3)(b) to appeal against an arbitration award.
Frustration of a contract is ‘not likely to be invoked to relieve contracting parties of the normal consequences of imprudent commercial bargains’.


Lord Diplock


[1981] 3 WLR 292, [1982] AC 724


Arbitration Act 1979 1(3)


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedCMA CGM S A v Beteiligungs-Kommanditgesellschaft ‘Northern Pioneer’ Schiffahrtgesellschaft Mbh and Co and others CA 18-Dec-2002
The Charterers appealed a refusal to allow an appeal from a decision in an arbitration.
Held: The 1979 Act changed the situation fundamentally. The test was not just whether the decision was probably wrong, but the wider test allowed an appeal . .
CitedPenwith District Council v VP Developments Ltd TCC 2-Nov-2007
The council sought to appeal against an interim arbitration award.
Held: Leave to appeal was refused. The application was wholly unjustified. This was an appeal on the facts dressed up as an appeal on law. . .
CitedGold Group Properties Ltd v BDW Trading Ltd TCC 3-Mar-2010
The parties had contracted for the construction of an estate of houses and flats to be followed by the interim purchase by the defendants. The defendants argued that the slump in land prices frustrated the contract and that they should not be called . .
ConsideredGeogas SA v Trammo Gas Ltd (The Baleares) CA 26-Nov-1990
Judge Wrong to Accept Appeal of Fact
The charterers had sought to appeal the arbitrators’ findings on foreseeability and remoteness. The judge had set aside the arbitration award. Though he certified that a point of law existed which was of general public importance, he had refused . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

Transport, Arbitration, Contract

Updated: 06 May 2022; Ref: scu.183454