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Thu, 6/9/2018
Alexander Thompson participated in a speaking panel at the first English Law Week in Mexico hosted by The Law Society, The Bar Council of England and Wales, the Mexican Chamber of Commerce and several national bar associations in Mexico. The event brought together legal professionals across Mexico and the UK at a time when trade relations are strengthening and Mexican law firms are looking beyond the US legal profession for solutions. During the panel, Alexander addressed key issues prevalent...
Wed, 5/9/2018
Andrew Dinsmore has published a further article in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law entitled 'Cybersecurity litigation: jurisdiction, applicable law and class actions’, which considers the establishment of jurisdiction, the rules on applicable law to a cybersecurity action and the procedures for a Group Litigation Order (GLO). This builds on Andrew’s previous article on this topic in the JIBFL, (2017) 11 JIBFL 676,  which considered the potential...
Thu, 30/8/2018
On Friday 10 August 2018, Jacobs J gave judgment on the committal application in Mobile Telecommunications Company KSC v HRH Prince Hussam Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Saud and ordered a sentence of 12 months imprisonment. Prince Hussam is a member of the Saudi royal family who, as the arbitration tribunal found, concluded a loan agreement with Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) containing an arbitration clause.  In an LCIA arbitration he was found to owe more than US$0.5bn to MTC....
Tue, 21/8/2018
Navig8 Chemicals Pool Inc v Glencore Agriculture BV (The Songa Winds) [2018] EWCA 1901 (Civ) The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in The Songa Winds, a case concerning the proper interpretation and effect of two letters of indemnity issued for the discharge of cargo absent the original bills of lading. The appellant (“Glencore”) chartered the vessel “Songa Winds” to the respondent (“Navig8”) on voyage terms. Clause 38 of the charter provided...
Wed, 15/8/2018
20 Essex Street congratulates The Hon Charles Brower on his appointment as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case: Alleged violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America).    Background On 16 July 2018, the Islamic Republic of Iran instituted proceedings against the United States before the ICJ with regard to a dispute asserting violations of the Treaty of Amity,...
Thu, 9/8/2018
Guglielmo Verdirame of 20 Essex Street is advising on diplomatic immunity issues in the bankruptcy case of three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker. Together with Tony Beswetherick of 20 Essex Street, Guglielmo is instructed by Julian Cahn of Stephenson Harwood to act for the trustees: Mark Ford, Finbarr O'Connell and Gilbert Lemon. Mr Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings on the basis that he is a diplomat for the Central African Republic. Proceedings are...
Fri, 3/8/2018
Simon Milnes will be joining Monica Feria-Tinta of 20 Essex Street, Lord Carnwath, UK Supreme Court, and a prestigious line-up of speakers at the upcoming conference “Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States", 6-7 September 2018. Simon will be discussing climate change litigation and environmental damage litigation, focusing on the hurdles which claimants face in trying to use private law. Monica will be exploring sinking island States and environmental law...
Mon, 30/7/2018
In Euro-Asian Oil SA v Credit Suisse AG (handed down on 25 July 2018) the Court of Appeal upheld a judgment of over US$15 million obtained by Euro-Asian against Credit Suisse under a letter of indemnity (“LOI”). Euro-Asian had entered a contract to buy a quantity of oil on cif terms from a company called Abilo (UK) Limited. The contract provided for payment by letter of credit. It further provided that, where bills of lading were not available, payment was to be made against...
Thu, 26/7/2018
20 Essex Street is proud to announce that specialist arbitrator David Owen QC has been added to Legal 500's Hall of Fame. The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the UK, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years in the last ten and ranked in...
Mon, 23/7/2018
Members of 20 Essex Street congratulate Dr Michael Moser on his appointment to a new Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) committee. The newly established Nominations Committee has been set up to identify and recommend new members to the HKIAC Council and is part of a wider initiative to enhance transparency, diversity and inclusion to its governance. Dr Michael is an Honorary Past Chairman of the HKIAC and has special expertise in relation to Asian disputes. Read the HKIAC...