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Recent Cases

Thu, 19/10/2017

The Supreme Court has handed down an important judgment on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as incorporated into English law by the 1964 Diplomatic Privileges Act. The judgment considers the scope of a diplomat’s immunity to employment claims, international law on human... Read more »

Tue, 17/10/2017

On 13 October 2017, Mr Justice Bryan (sitting as a deputy judge when hearing the case) handed down judgment in The Kyrgyz Republic v Stans Energy Corporation & Anor [2017] EWHC 2539 (Comm). That case concerned a jurisdiction challenge brought under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in... Read more »

Thu, 14/9/2017

In this application by a shipowner for an order for sale of the cargo loaded on board its vessel, Michael Coburn QC and Rupert Hamilton acted for the owner of the vessel. The Respondent was in substantial arrears in paying hire for the vessel carrying the cargo, and also owed substantial amounts to... Read more »

Fri, 26/5/2017

Justiciability and Act of State Revisited In its interesting judgment in Chugai v UCB, the Patents Court has resolved a number of questions relating to the application of the doctrines of non-justiciability and act of state. The claim concerns a declaration as to non-liability for royalties under a... Read more »

Wed, 26/4/2017

Mr Justice Knowles CBE handed down a judgment on 25 April 2017 dismissing Mr Sevilleja’s jurisdiction challenge. This case raises a number of important issues on the proper construction of the tort jurisdictional gateway; the scope of the tort of procuring a breach of contract (in particular... Read more »

Wed, 26/4/2017

On 23 March 2017, the Commercial Court (Christopher Butcher QC) gave an interesting judgment rejecting a s. 68 challenge alleging “serious irregularity” in respect of an arbitration award. The judgment has recently been published in anonymised form. The challenge failed on the facts but... Read more »

Wed, 29/3/2017

Philip Edey QC, instructed by Enyo Law LLP, acted as co-lead counsel on behalf of the LIA, a sovereign wealth fund created towards the end of the Qaddafi regime, in its claim against Goldman Sachs for around $1.2billion. Over a four month period at the start of 2008, the LIA entered into a series... Read more »

Wed, 29/3/2017

Baker J handed down an extensive judgment on 29 March 2017 in respect of four preliminary issues concerning limitation of liability under Article IV r 5 of the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules. The case raises a number of important issues on limitation of liability in the context of transport by... Read more »

Mon, 27/3/2017

The Court of Appeal has today handed down an important judgment as to the effects of CPR Part 36 and in particular the Court's powers to award enhanced interest. It is the latest decision in a long-running dispute between Petrom (a Romanian oil company) and Glencore, Glencore having deceitfully... Read more »

Mon, 27/2/2017

Josephine Davies obtained complete remission of the 18 month prison sentence imposed for contempt of court resulting from breaches of a worldwide freezing order.  It is thought to be the first case were complete remission has been granted where opposed. Mr Reznik (the Defendant) was subject to... Read more »