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Tue, 10/1/2012
At the invitation of SKULD, Hamburg, Sara Masters and Penelope Nevill were invited to address their annual Christmas conference on the topical and complex issue of the EU Sanctions regime.    Sara Masters addressed the commercial aspects of sanctions such as "when can a ship owner say no", the level of protection provided by standard sanctions clauses and working around the US sanctions regime.  Penelope Nevill gave an introduction to the origins and workings of sanctions from a...
Tue, 13/12/2011
The issue in this case was whether a valid claim had been made for an extension of the delivery period in an FOB sale contract under the extension clause of GAFTA 120. This was the first case to consider this issue. Upholding the decision of the GAFTA Board of Appeal in an appeal under section 69 of the Arbitration Act, Hamblen J emphasised that the effect of a valid claim for an extension is to vary both parties' contractual rights and obligations, so that the parties need to know with...
Fri, 9/12/2011
Alexander Layton QC has recently completed a month-long visiting fellowship at the Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law at New York University's prestigious School of Law, as part of their programme for prominent scholars and practitioners. During his time there, in addition to undertaking research, he worked with professors in the faculty in teaching conflicts of law classes, delivered a lecture on Anti-Suit Injunctions and International Arbitration and...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Members of Chambers congratulate Professor Stefan Talmon on his recent appointment as the Chair of Public International and European Law and Co-Director of the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Bonn. He was previously at the University of Oxford (as lecturer, reader and Professor of Public International Law; and Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford).
Tue, 1/11/2011
Michael Ashcroft QC acted for the successful appellants in this appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the construction of refund guarantees issued in connection with shipbuilding contracts. The judgment of Lord Clarke (with whom Lord Phillips, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr and Lord Wilson agreed) is expected to become the leading guidance as to the proper approach to the construction of commercial contracts generally. Click here for full judgment
Mon, 19/9/2011
Members of 20 Essex Street are delighted to announce the following nominations in respect of the 2011 Chambers Bar Awards. International Arbitration Set of the Year Silk of the Year - Duncan Matthews QC  Banking and Finance Silk of the Year - Iain Milligan QC  The award winners will be announced on Thursday 27 October 2011.  
Sun, 18/9/2011
The Members of 20 Essex Street, in association with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, are proud to present a seminar to celebrate Sir Elihu Lauterpacht's 60 years of distinguished practice in international law. Click here for more information
Wed, 7/9/2011
Alex Layton QC has been appointed as an expert to advise the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on the proposed revision of the Brussels I Regulation on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. He will join a panel of experts from around Europe to give evidence at a special session in Brussels on 20 September 2011. This will be the third occasion on which he will have assisted the European Parliament with this work.
Tue, 6/9/2011
High Court rules on measure of damages for early redelivery under a time charterparty On 23 August 2011 the Commercial Court handed down judgment on a claim brought by Star Reefers Pool Inc against JFC Group Co Ltd under two contracts of guarantee.  The guarantees were in respect of a charterer's obligations under two long-term time charterparties, which were repudiated in September 2010, at which point they had more than a year left to run.  The case raised an important question as...
Mon, 25/7/2011
Michael Ashcroft QC acts for the buyers in this appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the proper construction of refund guarantees issued by a Korean bank. The ultimate issue is whether the guarantees cover insolvency on the part of the shipbuilder. The case gives rise to important questions as to the proper approach to construction of commercial contracts generally and more particularly as to role that should be accorded to considerations of business common sense.