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Tue, 16/1/2018
Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC are delighted to announce that Professor Michael Bridge has been appointed as QC Honoris Causa.  The rank of QC Honoris Causa is distinct from the Queen’s Counsel awards competition and is awarded to lawyers and legal academics who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts. Honorary silks were first awarded in the late nineteenth century and it has been the practice for governments to...
Tue, 16/1/2018
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 15 and 16 March 2018 and Paul Lowenstein QC and Tony Beswetherick are running a panel session on the morning of day one entitled "New Approaches to pre-emptive remedies in fraud litigation”. As associate sponsors, 20 Essex Street are able to offer a 20% discount on the...
Tue, 9/1/2018
Paul Lowenstein QC (of 20 Essex Street), instructed by Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, led a team of juniors including Harris Bor and Matthew McGhee (of 20 Essex Street) and Philip Hinks in a series of public hearings in London in November and December 2017, when the Commercial Court confirmed a suite of earlier interim orders to assist a global commodities company to trace and secure money that had been stolen from its bank accounts following a sophisticated payments fraud by unknown ‘...
Mon, 8/1/2018
It is with great sadness that members of Chambers have learned of the death on Christmas Eve of Sir Brian Neill. Sir Brian was a highly respected and successful arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street for over ten years. He will be remembered by colleagues and staff for his professional acuity, his strong support of Chambers, and his calm, considerate and friendly disposition to all. His unstinting contribution to Chambers in the United Kingdom and overseas has been greatly valued. Sir Brian...
Thu, 21/12/2017
This is the second briefing note on the use of a fused process involving both arbitration and mediation to resolve an international commercial dispute that has been referred to arbitration. This note examines the recent legislative attempts to introduce the use of arb-med in New South Wales, Australia.  This briefing is based on a lecture series Malcolm presented in Beijing, PRC in May 2017.
Mon, 18/12/2017
  Monica Feria-Tinta has been appointed to the List of Assistants to Counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Those admitted to this List, under Regulation 124 of the Regulations of the ICC Registry, are persons eligible to be chosen by lead defence counsel or lead representative of victims to assist them in the representation of cases before the International Criminal Court, in The Hague. The International Criminal Court has a mandate to prosecute and punish persons...
Fri, 15/12/2017
Tom Leary has had his case comment on the von Pezold v Zimbabwe ICSID arbitration published in the Journal of World Investment & Trade. The case raised the question of investor-state arbitration’s sensitivity to the human rights of non-disputing parties. The case concerned the escalation of Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme, whereby white-owned estates were acquired or rendered valueless, without compensation, in a reversal of historic colonial land policies. Non-disputing...
Thu, 14/12/2017
In this case the Claimant sold a cargo of gasoil to the Defendant. The Defendant subsequently filed a petition before the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, alleging that the cargo was off specification. The Claimant in turn commenced proceedings in Nigeria seeking a declaration that the Defendant acted maliciously in filing that petition and claiming damages, and in England seeking a declaration of non-liability under the contract.  In a judgment handed down on 1 December...
Thu, 14/12/2017
Gordon Nardell QC joined a team of specialist practitioners and academics at a round table event on 13 December, hosted in London by Nottingham University School of Law. The event, the latest in a series, discussed rule of law issues surrounding market governance and competition regulation in China’s rapidly growing domestic economy. Gordon frequently acts for Chinese and other clients within the Asian Pacific region. He recently gave a presentation on Brexit and civil justice issues at a...
Wed, 13/12/2017
Last week, 20 Essex Street were pleased to host Mikidadi Rashid from the Attorney General's Chambers in Tanzania as part of the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) scheme, supported by COMBAR. The training programme offers an opportunity for aspiring African lawyers to spend three months at a City law firm or in the legal department of a major commercial company. The highly competitive programme attracts leading junior lawyers from across the continent who are committed to developing...