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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...
Mon, 5/12/2016
Guglielmo Verdirame of 20 Essex Street was instructed last month as part of the Government counsel team, led by the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC and the Advocate General for Scotland to appear in the landmark appeal to the Supreme Court to discuss whether Parliament must approve starting BREXIT. The case which begins in the Supreme Court today will be heard over four days before 11 justices – an unprecedented number – sitting on the Supreme Court panel.  The...
Wed, 30/11/2016
In the latest research conducted by Who's Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review, members and arbitrators of 20 Essex Street are once again recognised for their market-leading capabilities in international arbitration. Julian Lew QC and William Rowley QC feature in the 'Most Highly Regarded Individuals' section while Judge Charles Brower is also highly recommended in the research findings as a "senior statesman of the arbitration bar". Fellow full-time arbitrators...
Fri, 25/11/2016
Global Arbitration Review publishes new guide to advocacy in international arbitration – edited by Philippe Pinsolle and Stephen Jagusch QC – that also gives the arbitrators’ perspective. Published in November 2016 The Guide to Advocacy is a new, practical book for specialists and would-be specialists on how to be persuasive during international arbitration. It breaks the arbitral process into key steps and explains the advocacy “opportunity” that each represents (...