A Saudi businessman and Saudi lawyer entered into an agreement including an arbitration clause. The convention was supplemented by separate agreements.
A conflict arose between them and the lawyer sent a request for arbitration to the ICC against the businessman and several companies. The arbitral tribunal extended the arbitration clause to one of the agreements and ordered the businessman to pay a sum of money. An action for annulment has been brought against the award. The Court upheld the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal by relying on the parties’ intent which was to extend the clause, even despite a formal difference of the parties to both agreements.
It also upheld that the scope of the arbitration clause was very broad.