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News Archive

Fri, 9/6/2017
Monica Feria-Tinta is to appear as amicus curiae in proceedings before the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Her amicus curiae intervention is in connection with the Constitutional Court of Colombia’s examination of Acto Legislativo 1 of 4 April 2017, adopted by Congress, following the Peace Accords, which creates the legal framework for the transitional justice to prosecute serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed during the armed conflict in Colombia. Monica...
Mon, 5/6/2017
The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the MSC Eugenia case – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA v Glencore International AG [2017] EWCA Civ 36. In this 20 Essex Street Bulletin Matthew McGhee highlights that in doing so, the Court warned carriers about the use of technological shortcuts without reflecting this in their agreements, reminding parties of the need to comply with their particular contractual requirements.
Thu, 1/6/2017
Sir Mark Havelock-Allan returns to 20 Essex Street following his retirement as Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit in May 2017 and also judge in charge of the Bristol Technology and Construction Court. Before his appointment, Mark Havelock-Allan practised at 20 Essex Street (then 3 Essex Court) from 1975 specialising in all aspects of international trade including cases involving carriage by sea and by road, shipbuilding, the international sale of goods, commodity trading, the Lloyd’s...
Fri, 26/5/2017
Justiciability and Act of State Revisited In its interesting judgment in Chugai v UCB, the Patents Court has resolved a number of questions relating to the application of the doctrines of non-justiciability and act of state. The claim concerns a declaration as to non-liability for royalties under a licence. The commercial question is whether Chugai is liable for royalties in respect of its tocilizumab anti-arthritic drug. Due to the terms of the licence, this requires consideration of the...
Thu, 25/5/2017
Taking the recent handed down judgment by Andrews J on Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB) as example, in this 20 Essex Street Bulletin Christopher Newman provides insight as to when documents can be granted privileged status and why. He also highlights common pitfalls during claims made for documents holding legal professional privilege. The full article can be found below.
Fri, 19/5/2017
8th-19th May 2017 Malcolm Holmes QC was invited to draw upon his experience as a respected international arbitrator to present a series of lectures discussing the current environment of intenational arbitration at various legal institutions in Beijing. Malcolm's tour engagements included:  'International Commercial Arbitration' China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing) 'Recent Developments in Costs including Third Party Funding' CIETAC (Beijing) 'Mediation &...
Wed, 17/5/2017
The International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s under-40 Group – ICDR Young & International – has announced the new members of its executive and advisory boards. In a press release dated the 15th May, as well as announcing the five new members of the executive board that will sit for a three-year term (as selected by the departing executive board from a pool of applicants), ICDR Young & International's global advisory board was unveiled. The latter assists...
Tue, 16/5/2017
In the Supreme Court case hearing Reyes v Al-Malki and another, 20 Essex Street had three Members, Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC, Sudhanshu Swaroop QC and Dr Philippa Webb, taking part in the proceedings and had Members acting on both sides. This case was screened live on the Supreme Court website.   
Tue, 9/5/2017
Honourary Chairman of the HKIAC Dr Michael J Moser and former HKIAC secretary-general Chiann Bao have jointly composed the only detailed commentary on the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules. The 'Guide to the HKIAC Arbitration Rules' gives an insider's perspective on how the HKIAC Secretariat administers arbitrations under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules and provides practitioners with an in-depth, comprehensive background to the HKIAC. This practical guide...
Mon, 8/5/2017
Legal Week's 'Banking Litigation and Regulation Forum' returns on 15th June 2017, gathering the elite of the banking industry to interact with leading legal experts on the most pertinent industry issues facing lawyers and law firms through a series of panel discussions, practical workshops and fireside chats. Alexander Layton QC will join the opening session to discuss issues thrown up by Brexit. For more information and to register for the event please see the event webpage.