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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...
Wed, 18/7/2018
The English Commercial Court has, in the 13 July judgment in PAO Tatneft v Ukraine [2018] EWHC 1797 (Comm), ruled in a case concerning an effort to enforce a US$112 million investment BIT award in favour of Russian oil producer Tatneft against Ukraine. The case involved arguments on state immunity in respect of whether a state is precluded from raising jurisdictional points in a domestic court that it had raised in some form before the arbitral tribunal; the applicability of the...
Fri, 13/7/2018
The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in the case of Orexim Trading Limited v Mahavir Port and Terminal Private Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1660, raising important issues as to the service of claims under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 out of the jurisdiction.  The Claimant, Orexim, commenced proceedings in England claiming damages against the First Defendant, MPT, for breach of a settlement agreement. In addition, Orexim sought an order under s.423 of the Insolvency Act...
Mon, 9/7/2018
Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE, CMG, QC (former Judge at the International Court of Justice (key note speaker)) and other eminent academics and practitioners, to discuss the topic of human rights in international investment law at the Thirty-First BIICL Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference. Investment tribunals typically do not include experts on international human rights law and investment treaties are usually silent on human rights issues....
Fri, 6/7/2018
Since the 2015 creation of the ASEAN Economic Community, there is a plan to establish, amongst other things, “effective competition regimes” in all ASEAN Member States, more specifically via the ASEAN Competition Action Plan 2025. This has led to a flurry of new legislation in ASEAN countries and established regulators have been invigorated. The crucial question for claimant litigators is whether any of the new regimes create a promising new centre for competition law damages claims...