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Thu, 18/10/2018
Andrew Dinsmore has been instructed on behalf of several thousand claimants to bring an action against British Airways following a high-profile data breach. Instructed by SPG Law, he will act in a group litigation against British Airways following the hacking of the British Airways website, in the summer of this year, which led to approximately 380,000 people’s personal and financial details being stolen. This will be one of the first large-scale pieces of group litigation in England...
Thu, 4/10/2018
The Hon Charles Brower of 20 Essex Street has been appointed by the United States as Judge ad hoc at the Court in Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America). This follows the recent announcement 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). He is now sitting as ICJ Judge...
Wed, 3/10/2018
Members of 20 Essex Street are saddened to hear of the death of arbitrator member, Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuña on 2 October 2018. Francisco enjoyed a distinguished international academic and professional legal career with extensive experience as an international arbitrator. He has presided over arbitration panels in Venezuela, Spain, Egypt, Hungary, Argentina, Turkey and Chile. Based in Chile, he was a staunch supporter and good friend of chambers. Our thoughts and...
Wed, 3/10/2018
20 Essex Street hosted an evening discussing the legal implications of innovation and market disruption. The event was a great success and we would like to thank our guests who joined us for an interesting night of talks and debate. The seminar was chaired by our co-Head of Chambers Duncan Matthews QC.   Talk topics Main technologies driving disruptive developments Lawrence Akka QC Cyber seaworthiness Karen Maxwell Bursting the blockchain bubble Sam Goodman Cyber fraud and insurance Oliver...
Tue, 2/10/2018
Thank you to all guests who joined us at our annual State of Play Seminar at The Law Society last Thursday. Covering topics from trade wars to the legal implications of policies on sanctions, the evening was an invigorating update on the current issues in public international law. The panel was chaired Sir Michael Wood.   Talk topics A return to trade wars? Penelope Nevill Who blinks first? Abuse of rights defences as a shield for the embattled ISDS regime Simon Milnes Impending and...
Fri, 28/9/2018
Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining Mr. Surya Deva, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as speaker on "New Perspectives on overcoming hurdles for parent company liability", at the 2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. The panel will look into the topic of parent company liability in the wake of cases such as AAA v Unilever, Lungowe v Vedanta and Okpabi v Shell, and will discuss the rise of mandatory Human...
Fri, 21/9/2018
In the latest development in this long-running dispute, a team from 20 Essex Street acted successfully for Mr Alexander Vik (and two other parties) in the Court of Appeal of the Turks & Caicos Islands, resulting in the dismissal of proceedings brought against Mr Vik and several other defendants by English court-appointed receivers. The Court of Appeal accepted the submission that the receivers had acted ultra vires the terms of the order by which they were appointed. The appeal also raised...
Thu, 20/9/2018
Commercial Court grants final proprietary relief and damages at trial in ground breaking cyber-fraud litigation that saw the first known Worldwide Freezing and Proprietary Injunctions against Persons Unknown and service permitted by the Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger platforms and by access to online data room. The English Commercial Court has today released its written judgment in CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 ors [2018] EWHC 2230 (Comm). The case concerned a...
Thu, 20/9/2018
Congratulations to Clare Ambrose on her appointment as a Deputy High Court Judge this month. Clare has over 25 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation with over 100 appointments in international arbitrations. She is a full member of the LMAA and panel arbitrator for the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpa Regional Centre for Arbitration, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration and SIAC. Since 2008 Clare has been a Fellow...
Wed, 19/9/2018
Members of 20 Essex Street are pleased to congratulate Duncan Matthews QC on his election to the LCIA Board of Directors. Duncan is Co-Head of Chambers at 20 Essex Street and leads the management of Chambers in London and Singapore. From the outset of his 32 years in legal practice, he has maintained a dynamic international commercial arbitration practice both as counsel and as arbitrator. He has particular expertise in complex international commercial arbitrations and related court proceedings...