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Recent Cases

Wed, 26/4/2017

Mr Justice Knowles CBE handed down a judgment on 25 April 2017 dismissing Mr Sevilleja’s jurisdiction challenge. This case raises a number of important issues on the proper construction of the tort jurisdictional gateway; the scope of the tort of procuring a breach of contract (in particular... Read more »

Wed, 26/4/2017

On 23 March 2017, the Commercial Court (Christopher Butcher QC) gave an interesting judgment rejecting a s. 68 challenge alleging “serious irregularity” in respect of an arbitration award. The judgment has recently been published in anonymised form. The challenge failed on the facts but... Read more »

Wed, 29/3/2017

Philip Edey QC, instructed by Enyo Law LLP, acted as co-lead counsel on behalf of the LIA, a sovereign wealth fund created towards the end of the Qaddafi regime, in its claim against Goldman Sachs for around $1.2billion. Over a four month period at the start of 2008, the LIA entered into a series... Read more »

Wed, 29/3/2017

Baker J handed down an extensive judgment on 29 March 2017 in respect of four preliminary issues concerning limitation of liability under Article IV r 5 of the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules. The case raises a number of important issues on limitation of liability in the context of transport by... Read more »

Mon, 27/3/2017

The Court of Appeal has today handed down an important judgment as to the effects of CPR Part 36 and in particular the Court's powers to award enhanced interest. It is the latest decision in a long-running dispute between Petrom (a Romanian oil company) and Glencore, Glencore having deceitfully... Read more »

Mon, 27/2/2017

Josephine Davies obtained complete remission of the 18 month prison sentence imposed for contempt of court resulting from breaches of a worldwide freezing order.  It is thought to be the first case were complete remission has been granted where opposed. Mr Reznik (the Defendant) was subject to... Read more »

Fri, 13/1/2017

On 11 January 2017 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the joined appeals from FKB v AbbVie No 1 [2016] EWHC 425 (Pat) and FKB v AbbVie No 2 [2016] EWHC 2204 (Pat). Both appeals had been expedited, and were of major commercial significance: AbbVie’s Humira product which it sought to protect... Read more »

Tue, 20/12/2016

Josephine Davies has secured a victory for Gillian Simpson in an appeal of a 2014 judgment which awarded her only nominal damages for conversion of goods. The dispute concerned a family business of which Ms Simpson was the sole proprietor but in which her brother and parents were also involved. The... Read more »

Fri, 16/12/2016

Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan successfully resist an application for permission to service out in Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2016] EWHC 3222 (Comm) In the latest instalment of the ongoing dispute between Deutsche Bank AG (“DBAG”) and Sebastian Holdings Inc. (... Read more »

Thu, 15/12/2016

Teare J today handed down judgment in Oldendorff GmbH & Co KG v Sea Powerful II Special Maritime Enterprises and Others [2016] EWHC 3212 (Comm), in which Michael Ashcroft QC and Oliver Caplin acted for the successful defendant shipowner Sea Powerful ("Owners"). The dispute concerned a... Read more »