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Fri, 15/12/2017
Tom Leary has had his case comment on the von Pezold v Zimbabwe ICSID arbitration published in the Journal of World Investment & Trade. The case raised the question of investor-state arbitration’s sensitivity to the human rights of non-disputing parties. The case concerned the escalation of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme, whereby white-owned estates were acquired or rendered valueless, without compensation, in a reversal of historic colonial land policies. Non-disputing...
Thu, 14/12/2017
In this case the Claimant sold a cargo of gasoil to the Defendant. The Defendant subsequently filed a petition before the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, alleging that the cargo was off specification. The Claimant in turn commenced proceedings in Nigeria seeking a declaration that the Defendant acted maliciously in filing that petition and claiming damages, and in England seeking a declaration of non-liability under the contract.  In a judgment handed down on 1 December...
Thu, 14/12/2017
Gordon Nardell QC joined a team of specialist practitioners and academics at a round table event on 13 December, hosted in London by Nottingham University School of Law. The event, the latest in a series, discussed rule of law issues surrounding market governance and competition regulation in China’s rapidly growing domestic economy. Gordon frequently acts for Chinese and other clients within the Asian Pacific region. He recently gave a presentation on Brexit and civil justice issues at a...
Wed, 13/12/2017
Last week, 20 Essex Street were pleased to host Mikidadi Rashid from the Attorney General's Chambers in Tanzania as part of the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) scheme, supported by COMBAR. The training programme offers an opportunity for aspiring African lawyers to spend three months at a City law firm or in the legal department of a major commercial company. The highly competitive programme attracts leading junior lawyers from across the continent who are committed to developing...
Tue, 12/12/2017
General Average disputes rarely seem to reach the courts so the Commercial Court’s recent judgment in Cape Bonny Tankschiffahrts v. Ping an Property provides a useful summary of where the law stands on certain key points, in particular with regard to the duties owed by shipmanagers. It also provided clarity on a previously unresolved question concerning burden of proof. Background On 14 July 2011, in the course of a laden voyage from Argentina to China, a Suezmax oil tanker built in 2005...
Thu, 7/12/2017
In this case Eli Lilly & Co (“Lilly”), together with a number of associated companies, successfully resisted a jurisdiction challenge advanced by Genentech Inc. Lilly sought declarations of non-infringement (“DNIs”) in relation to UK, French, Spanish, Irish, Italian and German designations of a patent owned by Genentech for the drug ixekizumab (a monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of psoriasis). Additionally, in relation to the UK designation of the patent...
Fri, 24/11/2017
The Unwired Planet v Huawei is the leading English case on FRAND royalties, arising in a major dispute about telecommunications licensing. After the decision in Unwired Planet's favour at the trial this year, Huawei sought to bring parallel litigation in China relitigating many of the same issues. Unwired Planet brought an application for an anti-suit injunction, instructing Thomas Raphael QC, in order to bring the Chinese litigation to a halt.This important application was...
Thu, 23/11/2017
20 Essex Street is honoured to have been shortlisted for the following six awards at the Legal 500 UK 2018 Awards: Chambers of the year - International Arbitration Silk of the year: Duncan Matthews QC - International Arbitration Chambers of the year - Shipping Junior of the year: Daniel Bovensiepen - Shipping Junior of the year: Luke Pearce - Shipping Silk of the year: Michael Ashcroft QC - Shipping The shortlist is compiled by Legal 500 over many months of thorough research by conducting 70,...
Tue, 21/11/2017
Building on the popular first edition of 'The Guide to Advocacy' from Global Arbitration Review, the second edition of this practical book on how to be persuasive during international arbitration is as a useful tool for junior lawyers who wish to develop their advocacy skills, as well as a manual for civil trained lawyers who would like to feel more at ease with cross-examination. Chapters topics include, inter alia, written submissions, cross-examination, opening submissions and...
Wed, 15/11/2017
The Delhi High Court passed a comprehensive judgment on the 14th November 2017 in the case of GMR Energy Limited v. Doosan Power Systems India Pvt. Ltd which could contribute immensely to the arbitration jurisprudence in India. The matter regarded the ongoing arbitration between GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited (GCEL), GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), GMR Energy and Doosan India for development of a 1350 MW Coal Fired Thermal Power Plant at Raikheda in Chhattisgarh. GMR Energy sought...