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Tue, 24/4/2018
April 2018 has seen the metals markets thrown into turmoil by the US imposition of sanctions on United Company Rusal. Any party in doubt as to whether it is impacted by the sanctions regime should seek prompt legal advice. Appropriate compliance procedures, including due diligence as to ownership structures, should be followed.  Parties should also seek legal assistance in the event of contractual disputes arising whether directly or indirectly from the knock-on impact of sanctions. ...
Thu, 19/4/2018
A joint task force of ICCA and the School of International Arbitration at QueenMary University of London unveiled the final draft of its long-awaited report on third-party funding on the second day of the 2018 ICCA Congress in Sydney. The 259-page report was unveiled during a packed breakfast seminar.  The 50-strong task force was led by three-co chairs, Catherine Rogers of Penn State Law and Queen Mary, Stavros Brekoulakis of Queen Mary and ...
Wed, 18/4/2018
Will we soon see claims for compensation resulting from cyber-attacks in the maritime sector? 2017 saw a significant stepping up of global cyber-crime; and there appears to be a growing understanding that the shipping industry is particularly vulnerable to attack. Despite efforts to counter such attacks, it can only be a matter of time before cyber risks translate into actual claims against, and perhaps liability on the part of shipowners. In the 20 Essex Street Bulletin attached below ...
Wed, 18/4/2018
Simon Milnes participated in a panel discussion in Colombia on 13 April 2018 at the 2nd Conference on Arbitration of the Centre for Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. Simon presented on “Anti-Suit Injunctions as a tool for managing cross-border litigation and supporting arbitration”, as part of a panel on judicial intervention in the arbitral process.
Tue, 17/4/2018
Today, 17 April 2018, the Court of Appeal (Gloster and Flaux LJJ) handed down judgment in this important carriage of goods case concerned with limitation of liability. In a decision of great significance to the container trade and the wider shipping industry, the Court dealt with issues concerning which transport documents may attract the compulsory application of the Hague-Visby Rules pursuant to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971 (“COGSA 1971”), and limitation of liability...
Mon, 16/4/2018
Conversant Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L v. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & ors [16.04.18] Mobile phones can talk to each other because industry standard-settings organisations (SSOs) set technical standards (3G, 4G etc) which manufacturers and network operators comply with. Those standards are defined in part by reference to patented technology (so-called ‘standard essential patents’ – SEPs). To help meet competition law concerns and facilitate the use of the standards, the...
Fri, 13/4/2018
Commercial Disputes Resolution will host its fifth Arbitration Symposium on 26 April 2018. Four members of 20 Essex Street who act as counsel in international arbitration and also those who accept arbitrator appointments will be sharing their expertise across a number of panels throughout the day. 13.15 – 14.00: Best practice in infrastructure arbitrations: One Belt, One Road - Duncan Matthews QC will chair this session to which Simon Milnes will contribute his expertise in public...
Fri, 13/4/2018
Congratulations to Andrew Dinsmore who has been called to the Northern Irish Bar today. Since being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013, Andrew has been developing a broad international commercial litigation and arbitration practice. He is often instructed to appear as junior counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional, high-value cases and is also regularly instructed to appear as sole counsel in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and in arbitration.
Thu, 12/4/2018
On 10 May 2018 Thomas Raphael QC will deliver a lecture at the Singapore Law Academy of Law on the current developing international practices on how and where to decide FRAND cases, and consider whether it makes sense. He will address topics such as: Who decides? What should the courts decide on? How should the courts determine who can enforce what obligations, the relief that can be sought for infringements How a FRAND rate is decided – and the implications of these on parties...
Thu, 12/4/2018
Dr Philippa Webb (20 Essex Street) and Amal Clooney (Doughty Street Chambers) announced in an article published 10 April 2018 by US Vogue that they are co-authoring 'The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law'. This ambitious text seeks to synthesize a full canon of international court literature to create a practical manual for international lawyers and judges. Philippa and Amal have co-authored before, last year their article 'The Right to Insult in International Law...