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Fri, 31/1/2014
Michael Ashcroft QC acted for the successful shipowners in this interesting case concerning a claim by charterers for alleged "in transit loss" of premium motor oil. The vessel carrying the cargo was attacked off-shore Nigeria by pirates who forced the Master at gun point to discharge some 5,300 MT of cargo to an unknown lighter which then disappeared. Charterers contended that the shipowners were absolutely/strictly liable for this loss pursuant to the terms of an "in transit loss" clause...
Mon, 27/1/2014
Members of Chambers are holding an international commercial arbitration seminar to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the opening of their office in Singapore. Sir Bernard Rix, Sara Masters QC Michael Collett QC, Ben Olbourne and Simon Milnes will be speaking on the subject  "Charting some troubled waters: clashes of legal systems and professional ethics in international commercial arbitration" at the seminar (which will take place in Singapore on 11 March 2014).
Mon, 6/1/2014
The Lawyer has named two cases involving members of 20 Essex Street in its list of "top 20 cases to watch in 2014". National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Ltd & Ors: Stephen Morris QC acts for one of the defendants, Alstom (instructed by Hogan Lovells). Trustees Of The Mineworkers' Pension Scheme Ltd & Ors v the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc: Thomas Raphael acts for the claimants (instructed by Bird & Bird)  
Wed, 11/12/2013
Iain Milligan QC and Julian Kenny have been identified by the Chambers 100 UK Bar as two of the top barristers in the UK. Launched this year by Chambers & Partners, the publication lists the UK's top 100 silks and 100 juniors following extensive research with clients and solicitors.   Iain Milligan QC is regarded as "one of the best advocates at the London Bar," having established a commercial practice of considerable distinction. His areas of particular expertise include commercial...
Mon, 25/11/2013
The members of 20 Essex Street are pleased to announce that Tony Beswetherick (formerly of Enterprise Chambers) has now joined Chambers. Tony has a broad commercial practice with particular expertise in insolvency and company law. He has recently been instructed in relation to the liquidation of the Aquascutum clothing brand (by the liquidators) and in relation to the administration of the Chez Gerard restaurant group (by the administrators). He is also presently instructed in a large-scale...
Tue, 19/11/2013
Legal Week have named Luke Pearce as one of the ten most commended young barristers who are making their mark at the Bar. He is praised by partners and silks for being "bright", "totally unflappable" and "a pleasure to work with". Luke, who joined 20 Essex Street in 2010, has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on banking and derivatives, shipping, commodities, private international law and insurance/reinsurance. His recent cases include "The...
Wed, 6/11/2013
The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the matter of "The Alexandros T", which concerned the operation of Articles 27 and 28 of the Brussels Regulation. The case arose out of the loss of the vessel Alexandros T in 2006. Following the casualty, the owners of the vessel brought proceedings in England against their insurers, which settled shortly before trial and were then stayed pursuant to a Tomlin order. The insurance policies and the settlement agreements contained exclusive...
Mon, 21/10/2013
National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc v ABB Limited and others (and Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories Ltd) [2013] EWCA Civ 1234 Disclosure and the French Blocking Statute: Competition Law follow-on damages The Court of Appeal has ruled for the first time on the effect of French legislation designed to "block" orders for disclosure made in proceedings in other jurisdictions. In its judgment of 22 October 2013 in the leading competition law follow-on damages action,...
Wed, 25/9/2013
Members of 20 Essex Street are delighted to announce the following nominations in respect of The Legal 500 UK Awards 2013. International Arbitration - Set Commercial Litigation - Silk: Iain Milligan QC The award winners will be announced on Wednesday, 2 October 2013.
Thu, 19/9/2013
Members of 20 Essex Street are delighted to announce that Iain Milligan QC, Duncan Matthews QC, Sir Michael Wood and Julian Kenny have all been shortlisted for the Chambers 100 UK Bar, introduced for the first time by Chambers and Partners this year. The shortlists of 200 silks and 200 juniors have been compiled following research for the UK Bar Guide, with only those members achieving top rankings in their practice area(s) being considered. Further research is now being conducted with...