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Thu, 6/7/2017
Taking place on 29th June 2017, the opening panel of the CDR Summer Litigation Symposium 2017 was titled 'Assessing the state of civil justice in 2017' and featured joint head of 20 Essex Street Christopher Hancock QC. Having assisted the coordination of the Bar Council's response to consultation on the 2011/2012 Jackson reforms and former COMBAR Chairman his expertise was called upon to consider the issues of the implementation of the reforms suggested by Lord Justice Briggs...
Thu, 29/6/2017
The Honorable Charles N Brower was interviewed for Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review's Thought Leaders Arbitration 2017. The guide aims to bring together insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost arbitration practitioners and "showcase these lawyers’ expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters...also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go...
Wed, 28/6/2017
Penelope Nevill appears in the Supreme Court case R (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Respondent). The appellant is Chair of the Chagos Refugees Group, a group which represents the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago who were removed between 1968 and 1973 and prevented from returning by the United Kingdom Government. This case is on appeal from the Court of Appeal, the issues being raised include: i) whether the Court of Appeal should have held...
Tue, 27/6/2017
Dr Kate Parlett’s article on jurisdiction of law of the sea tribunals has been published in the journal Ocean Development and International Law. In several recent Awards, Part XV tribunals constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea have been called upon to decide claims based on rights and obligations that find their source in a treaty, agreement, or otherwise binding instrument other than the Convention itself, or on customary international law. This article considers the...
Mon, 26/6/2017
J William Rowley was interviewed for Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review's Thought Leaders Arbitration 2017. The guide aims to bring together insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost arbitration practitioners and "showcase these lawyers’ expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters...also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for...
Thu, 22/6/2017
The UK’s current system of economic sanctions is highly dependent on EU legislation. With Brexit, that will inevitably change. The FCO has therefore released a white paper making proposals for domestic sanctions legislation, and inviting experts to comment. Monica Feria-Tinta and Alistair Wooder have produced a paper contributing to the consultation (below). The key issues explored include (1) the standard of proof that should apply before a person can be placed on a sanctions list and (2...
Tue, 20/6/2017
On the 20 Essex Street Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws blog Josephine Davies reviews the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Dexia Crediop SpA v Comune di Prato [2017] EWCA Civ 428 (15 June 2017) which comes as a blow for litigants who hope that foreign law will allow them to escape from liability under English law contracts. This case arose from a claim by Dexia (the Bank) for some EUR 6.5 million due under an interest rate swap. The contract was...
Mon, 19/6/2017
This week, Dr Kate Parlett will participate in a workshop in Washington DC addressing issues of competition and collaboration amongst international courts and tribunals. The workshop, which is organized by PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo, will bring together judges of international courts, leading practitioners in international dispute settlement, and academics to discuss the potential for cross-...
Fri, 16/6/2017
On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued statements cutting ties with Qatar – allegedly as a response to what is said to be Qatar’s attempts to destabilise the region by funding Islamic militants. Over  the past 2 weeks, a coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia has imposed various restrictions on dealings with Qatar.
Wed, 14/6/2017
Based on his experience assisting the coordination of the Bar Council response to the consultation on the 2011/2012 Jackson reforms Christopher Hancock QC will join the 'Assessing the state of civil justice in 2017' panel at the CDR Summer Litigation Symposium 2017 to consider the implementation of the reforms suggested by Lord Justice Briggs and Lord Justice Jackson on commercial litigation practice. The panel will also address the modernisation of the civil justice...