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Mon, 13/11/2017
20 Essex Street is delighted to announce that Philippa Webb, Kate Parlett and Belinda McRae have been ranked as 'Future Leaders' in the 2018 arbitration list by Who's Who Legal. This list is a compilation of the pre-eminent lawyers aged 45 or under at the end of 2018 who the market considers to be the future leaders of the arbitration profession. The research covers law firms and independent practices, and a total of 521 individuals with exemplary standing as arbitrators and counsel...
Thu, 9/11/2017
In this 20 Essex Street Bulletin Monica Feria-Tinta and Alistair Wooder  examine  Blair J’s decision in Law Debenture Trust Corp plc v Ukraine [2017] EWHC 655 (Comm), in which Russia was granted summary judgment in a claim for USD 3bn due under Eurobonds issued by Ukraine, to be heard in the coming months by the Court of Appeal. The case revolves around sovereign bonds issued by Ukraine to Russia, on payment of which Ukraine subsequently defaulted.However, what...
Fri, 3/11/2017
Case Background This case concerns whether a notice of arbitration passed to a counterparty’s agent can be effective service on that counterparty if the agent is not authorised to receive the notice. The Court of Appeal held that in the circumstances of this case the agent had both implied actual and ostensible authority to receive the notice of arbitration. A contract of affreightment (COA) was agreed between Dana as owner and Sino as charterer. The COA was negotiated on Sino’s...
Wed, 1/11/2017
In this 20 Essex Street Bulletin Malcolm Holmes QC reflects that practitioners in common law jurisdictions such as England and the like minded jurisdictions of Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong have been slow to embrace the use of a fused process involving both arbitration and mediation to resolve a commercial dispute. However there are signs that this is changing and it is now possible to analyse the relatively recent developments in Australia and Singapore and elsewhere to see the...
Tue, 31/10/2017
Alexander Layton QC will be lecturing at the University of Lausanne on the topic of 'Provisional measures in cross border cases - English Law perspective' 1st November 2017. His practice covers a wide range of commercial and other disputes, many of which involve questions of private international law or arbitration, as well as aspects of public international law, state immunity and contentious Chancery work. His practice is mainly in the High Court and Court of Appeal and in...
Mon, 30/10/2017
In this case, the claimant brought proceedings against the first defendant claiming damages for breach of a settlement agreement, and an order under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 for the setting aside of the sale of a vessel. It was alleged that the sale of the vessel was a sham designed to put the first defendant’s assets out of the reach of the claimant. The latter claim was also brought against two other defendants, being the purchaser and sub-purchaser of the vessel.   ...
Thu, 26/10/2017
20 Essex Street has the pleasure to announce that as of 1st October 2017 Clare Ambrose has been practising as a full-time arbitrator. Clare has also just been elected as a Full Member of the LMAA.  This change also coincides with the publication of the 4th Edition of London Maritime Arbitration, the leading textbook Clare co-authored with Karen Maxwell and Michael Collette QC.  This change in Clare's practice reflects the fact that over the last 10 years she has...
Wed, 25/10/2017
In October 2017, the UK Supreme Court delivered judgments in two landmark cases on immunity. In an article for EJIL: Talk! Dr Philippa Webb examines the Judgment in Reyes v Al-Malki on diplomatic immunity. The original article can be viewed here.
Tue, 24/10/2017
On Friday 10th November 2017 Dublin will host Dublin International Arbitration Day with David Barniville SC and Colleen Hanley joining the distinguished panel to discuss: Brexit - is Ireland more attractive as a choise of seat in the wake of Brexit? Damages claims in international arbitration Interim measures: Emergency arbitrators versus the courts Conflicts of interest, disclosures and challenges Update on recent development in international arbitration For more information about the...
Mon, 23/10/2017
On 27-28 October, Professor Guglielmo Verdirame and Dr Kate Parlett will participate in the 3rd Conference on International Humanitarian Law in Rome, Italy. The conference will address The Protection of Civilian Population in Warfare – The Role of Humanitarian Organizations and Civil Society and will be held at the Scuola Ufficiali Carabineri. Guglielmo will contribute a paper on humanitarian organizations and civil society in public international law, and Kate will moderate a panel on...