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Mon, 9/4/2018
Professor Caron was an esteemed academic, lawyer and arbitrator. He was also an enthusiastic and dedicated member of 20 Essex Street, contributing much professionally and personally to the set. In honour of his contribution to the legal profession GAR will honour Prof Caron with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the publication's 2018 awards ceremony in Paris. Fellow 20 Essex Street arbitrator Charles Brower, also a past GAR Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, will...
Fri, 6/4/2018
On 3 April 2018, the UK government confirmed that it will introduce a ban on ivory sales in a plan to help protect elephants for future generations. The government is publishing a response to its consultation on a UK ivory sales ban, and confirming "robust measures" that will be brought into force. The ban will cover ivory items of all ages which will make the UK's ban one of the toughest in the world. In line with the approach taken by other countries, including the USA and China...
Thu, 5/4/2018
Data security is a hot topic. Many lawyers have focused on the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in May 2018. Much has been written about the GDPR and its potential consequences (and costs) for companies and individuals. The extensive duties placed on data controllers and processors, and the potential for significant penalties, has given rise to a burgeoning consultancy industry aimed at managing and reducing risk. One aspect that has...
Wed, 4/4/2018
On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union's (CJEU) judgment in Slovak Republic v Achmea (Case C-284/16) shook the world of investment arbitration to the core. The CJEU held that an arbitration clause in the Slovakia-Netherlands bilateral investment treaty (BIT) – and, essentially, all intra-EU BIT arbitration - was incompatible with EU law. Accepting that it is the law, then it poses a crucial question: if not arbitration, then what? Gordon Nardell QC...
Thu, 29/3/2018
On 4 April 2018 Monica Feria-Tinta will join Ricardo Abello (Agent for Colombia in the Advisory Opinion OC-23/17) and Law Faculty members of Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, on a panel discussing the new frontiers of litigation in international environmental law, in the wake of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights' recently issued Advisory Opinion. The event is organised by Universidad de los Andes, Center for Socio- Juridical Research (CIJUS) and the Colombian Academy of...
Thu, 29/3/2018
The Informa Asset Recovery Asia: Fraud Litigation, Enforcement & Contentious Insolvency Law conference will take place 5 - 6 June 2018 in Singapore. On 5 June Nakul Dewan will join the panel discussing forged documents. This session will provide an insight into the forensic examination of signatures, handwriting and forensic document examination.    If you are interested in attending the conference please contact the SnrClerks [at] 20essexst [dot] com (Senior Clerks...
Wed, 28/3/2018
The recent decision in JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19 confirms the power and range of the worldwide freezing order (“WFO”). The WFO claimant need not stop at obtaining quasi-criminal sanctions against those who breach or assist in the breach of a WFO. The WFO claimant can also claim damages for conspiracy against any person who assists the WFO defendant in hiding his assets. The claimant thus gains a new target to recover money using a substantive English law tort claim....
Tue, 27/3/2018
Cockerill J sitting in the Commercial Court in London today granted summary judgment allowing in its entirety a claim brought by Eric Daniels against Lloyds Banking Group, which he formerly led as CEO, in relation to its refusal to transfer to him over 2 million shares to which he was entitled under his contractual Long-Term Incentive Plan.  Cockerill J’s judgment is an emphatic vindication of Mr Daniels’ position that will have general relevance beyond the facts of this...
Mon, 26/3/2018
The 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting takes place 4-7 April in Washington DC. The four day conference will focus on international law in action: how and by whom international law is made, shaped, and carried out, both formally and informally; how it is taught; how the practices of international institutions, law firms, companies, not-for-profit organizations, government offices, and militaries generate international rules; how and in what ways states and other actors interact; and how participants...
Mon, 26/3/2018
Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining Lord Carnwath, UK Supreme Court, and a stellar line-up of speakers at the upcoming conference “Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States", 6-7 September 2018. The event is organised by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the Centre for Small States, Queen Mary University of London. The conference will explore the opportunities and challenges of resolving environmental disputes with and within Small States, in relation to a range of...