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Fri, 10/2/2017
It is with very great sadness that the members and staff of 20 Essex Street learned of the death of Sir Elihu Lauterpacht on 8 February 2017. A member of Chambers for over 50 years, Sir Elihu was internationally acknowledged as the doyen of Public International Law.  His influence on the development of this specialist area of law is without parallel and he has, over many years, mentored the majority of the leading specialists in this field. Our thoughts are with Sir Elihu’s family at...
Tue, 7/2/2017
20 Essex Street welcomes the appointment of 5 Members of Chambers to the Attorney General's panel of specialist public international law counsel and congratulates Guglielmo Verdirame appointed to the A Panel, Dr Kate Parlett, who joins Penelope Nevill on the B Panel,  Dr Philippa Webb and Belinda McRae, who have been appointed to the C Panel. Each of these appointees have significant experience in advising on and acting as counsel in cases...
Wed, 1/2/2017
“Won’t you stay another day?”: Supreme Court hands MPs vote to start Brexit process Gordon Nardell QC and Tom Leary examine the Supreme Court’s judgment in Miller [2017] UKSC 5 and ask where it leaves the Crown’s prerogative power to conduct foreign affairs
Mon, 16/1/2017
Members of 20 Essex Street are delighted to be supporting C5's Conference on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery (one of Europe's leading conferences on Civil Fraud). The conference will be held in Geneva on 16 and 17 March 2017 and Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton are running a panel session entitled:  "Bribery: Does Size Matter?” on day 1. As associate sponsors, 20 Essex Street are able to offer a 20% discount on the conference price to its clients, and we would be...
Mon, 16/1/2017
Following his retirement in December 2016 as Vice-President of the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, Sir Martin Moore-Bick has returned to 20 Essex Street as an arbitrator member. Before his appointment to the High Court in 1995 at the age of 48 Sir Martin practised as a barrister at 20 Essex Street (formerly at 3 Essex Court, Temple). He was called to the Bar in 1969 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. He specialised in arbitration, shipping, commodity trading, insurance and...
Fri, 13/1/2017
Monica Feria-Tinta and Tom Leary have been instructed to appear on behalf of the Latin Village/Ward’s Corner traders in Seven Sisters, at a Public Inquiry. The traders, who were recently served Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) by Haringey Council ahead of a controversial planned development that would see the market demolished, are objecting to the proposed Regeneration development by Grainger PLC, which is estimated to be worth in excess of £60million, on a number of grounds,...
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 business operated out of the parents’ house. Following a breakdown in family relations the parents retained stock of the business and HHJ Butler found that their actions were a wrongful...
Mon, 19/12/2016
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 series of letters of indemnity issued for the discharge of cargo in China without presentation of the original bill of lading. The cargo was alleged to have been mis-delivered,and disputes arose...
Thu, 8/12/2016
David Lewis QC succeeded in obtaining from the Supreme Court of Gibraltar an anti-suit injunction restraining proceedings being pursued before the New Jersey Courts. The dispute arises between Bwin, the internet gaming company, and various former shareholders of Bwin including “internet pioneer” Ruth Parasol Deleon. The former shareholders had advanced a claim in the New Jersey Courts alleging that Bwin made fraudulent, alternatively negligent misrepresentations in relation to the...
Tue, 6/12/2016
Members of 20 Essex Street are pleased to welcome Dr Philippa Webb, a specialist in public international law and an expert in the law of state immunity, as a member of chambers. Philippa’s practice covers all aspects of public international law in domestic and international courts. She has extensive experience with proceedings before international courts and tribunals, particularly the International Court of Justice. She served as the Legal Officer and Special Assistant to Judge Rosalyn...