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Haley v Haley: Successful appeal against arbitration award

OK, technically this was a successful appeal against the dismissal of an appeal against an arbitration award, the refusal to interfere with the award, and the making of an order in the terms of the award, but the above makes a rather snappier title.Until now challenging an arbitration award has been an uphill task - see, for example, the case R v K, which I wrote about back in April. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Haley v Haley, however, suggests that the slope is not so steep after all.The background to the arbitration award was the same as we have heard before: the parties were expecting a final hearing of the wife's financial remedies application, only to be told a week before that no judge was available to hear the case, and that the matter would have to be listed for an unspecified date in the future. Eager to bring matters to a conclusion, the parties therefore agreed to go to arbitration, which took place on the same days as had been set aside for the hearing.The husband…

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