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Tue, 19/3/2019
Providing an analysis of the latest critical developments and implications, this year's KNect365 UK Competition Law conference will take place in London on 30 April 2019. Topics include recent decisions such as Ping and the CMA’s investigation into the statutory audit market, state aid provisions, merger control including gun-jumping and of course, Brexit. Sara Masters QC (20 Essex Street) and Totis Kotsonis (Partner at Eversheds Sutherland LLP) will be leading the panel on...
Tue, 12/3/2019
Current remedies for business-related human rights violations are patchy, unpredictable, often ineffective and fragile. Arbitration offers the possibility of a consent- based remedy. To explore this, Monica Feria-Tinta will be speaking at the World Law Forum Conference on Arbitration of Business and Human Rights Disputes, joining Lord Goldsmith QC (Debevoise), Stephen Jagush QC (Quinn Emanuel), Sophie Lamb QC (Latham & Watkins), Clare Cornellan (White & Case) and many more on 22...
Mon, 11/3/2019
The Honorable Charles N. Brower, Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice and Arbitrator of 20 Essex Street Chambers, Washington, D.C.  will present the keynote address, on “State Parties in Contract-Based Arbitration: Origins, Problems, and Prospects of Private-Public Arbitration” at the 16th Annual ITA-ASIL Conference: State Parties in Contract-Based Arbitration: The Theory and Practice of Private-Public Arbitration. The conference will be presented on March 27 in...
Mon, 11/3/2019
We are delighted to announce that Guglielmo Verdirame was appointed Queen’s Counsel at this morning's Silks Ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. Guglielmo specialises in public international law and international arbitration. Best wishes to him and congratulations to all new QCs!
Fri, 8/3/2019
Congratulations to one of our current pupils, Julija Stukalina, who has won the 2018 essay competition run by the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA). The title of Julija's essay was “Forum non conveniens: Is Spiliada still fit for purpose or holed below the water-line?”. The LCLCBA essay prize was established in 2014 in honour of past chairman Jonathan Brock QC who was an avid supporter of young talent. Find out more and read the essay here.
Tue, 19/2/2019
20 Essex Street is proud to be the Exclusive Chambers Partner for the up and coming Asset Recovery International conference in Dublin, from 27 February to 1 March, hosted by KNect365.    Duncan Matthews QC will join a panel to discuss how the courts approach fraud disputes where both the claimant and the defendant are dishonest, on Wednesday 27 February. On Friday 1 March, Stephen Atherton QC is speaking within a session on proprietary claims in insolvency.    The event...
Mon, 18/2/2019
While investment arbitration was initially conceived to protect private international investment in foreign countries, in a number of recent cases State-owned enterprises have successfully established standing to bring claims against foreign States. In the context of the emergence of a great many State-owned enterprises in Asia, and their active participation in the BRI, it is likely that State-owned enterprises will increasingly be seeking to act as investor claimants in the region.  Read...
Thu, 14/2/2019
Monica Feria-Tinta will be discussing States and State-owned entities in arbitration relating to big-scale construction projects, at the Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA) (Belgian Chapter) Annual Conference. The event will take place on 15 February 2019 at Jones Day’s offices in Brussels.   Seize this major opportunity to assess the landscape of construction disputes in investment treaty arbitration and other special features of the field, such as the involvement of a wide...
Tue, 12/2/2019
Andrew Dinsmore has been instructed to act on behalf of the claimants to bring a group action against the Marriott group following the disclosure of a large-scale, high-profile data breach affecting over 500 million people dating back to 2014. For over 327 million guests, the data collected by hackers included ‘some combination’ of name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, account information, date of birth and gender. Further, there is concern that encrypted card...
Mon, 11/2/2019
The Divisional Court (Singh LJ and Carr J) has handed down judgment in the latest challenge to the UK Government’s policy on resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), R (Hoareau and Bancoult (No.5) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2019] EWHC 221 (Admin) [Judgment] [Press Summary]  BIOT was created in 1965 from territory in the colonies of Mauritius and the Seychelles, including the Chagos Islands. Its inhabitants, the Chagossians, were...