Kuwait Finance House Caught in High Court’s Fabricated Arbitration Web


  • Fabricated documents undermined the integrity of legal proceedings.
  • High Court’s scrutiny revealed sophisticated deception tactics.
  • Justice Butcher’s ruling emphasizes the importance of diligence.

In a ruling at the High Court, Justice Butcher shed light on a shocking instance of attempted deception involving a fabricated arbitration award. The case, Contax Partners inc BVI v Kuwait Finance House and others, [2024] EWHC 436 (Comm), centered on a dispute between an oil and gas company, Contax Partners inc BVI, and three companies within a banking group.

Fabricated Documents Unveiled

The proceedings began when Contax Partners Inc. BVI initiated an arbitration claim against the defendants, seeking to enforce what was purported to be a Kuwaiti arbitration award dated November 28, 2022. 

Allegedly, this award stemmed from an arbitration agreement between Contax Partners Inc. BVI and the defendant companies. However, upon closer examination, it was revealed that the award and accompanying documents were not what they seemed.

Upon receiving the claimant’s application, Justice Butcher initially granted the order without suspecting any foul play. However, the defendants later brought to light substantial evidence indicating that the arbitration award was a fabrication. 

The defendants’ legal team highlighted striking similarities between the purported award and a previous judgment by Picken J in Manoukian v Société Générale de Banque au Liban SAL [2022] EWHC 669 (QB).

Judge’s analysis

Justice Butcher meticulously compared excerpts from the contested arbitration award and Picken J’s judgment, revealing significant overlaps in language, terminology, and punctuation. These similarities left little doubt that the award was not an authentic document but rather a cleverly constructed imitation. 

Key indicators included the use of identically defined terms, English legal terminology, and distinctive phrases commonly found in English judgments.

Consequently, Justice Butcher invalidated the order based on the fabricated award, emphasizing the severity of the situation and the need for further investigation. The ruling raises serious questions about the origins of the falsified documents and the potential culpability of those involved in their presentation to the court. 

Justice prevails high court’s verdict upholds the integrity

While the immediate judgment serves to rectify the deception, it also underscores the broader implications for legal proceedings and the integrity of the judicial process.

The Contax Partners Inc. BVI v Kuwait Finance House case serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the enduring importance of diligence and scrutiny in legal matters. Despite advancements in technology, it is ultimately human oversight that remains indispensable in detecting and addressing fraudulent practices. 

Justice Butcher’s decisive action underscores the judiciary’s commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and justice, even in the face of sophisticated attempts at deception.

As investigations into the origins of the fabricated documents continue, the legal community awaits further developments with keen interest. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for future arbitration proceedings and the standards of evidence presented in court. In the ongoing pursuit of truth and justice, the High Court’s verdict stands as a resolute affirmation of the rule of law and the integrity of the judicial system.

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Emman Omwanda

Emmanuel Omwanda is a blockchain reporter who dives deep into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and more. His expertise lies in cryptocurrency markets, spanning both fundamental and technical analysis.

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