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Fri, 22/6/2018
In Eastern European Engineering Limited v Vijay Construction (Proprietary) Ltd, the Commercial Court heard an application for a worldwide freezing order (“WFO”) in support of enforcement of an ICC Paris Arbitration Award against a company incorporated in Seychelles. Mr Justice Butcher considered that the Court did, in principle, have jurisdiction under s. 37 Senior Courts Act 1981 to grant a post-award WFO in support of a foreign-seated arbitration award, ancillary to proceedings...
Thu, 21/6/2018
Tony Beswetherick of 20 Essex Street is instructed by Julian Cahn of Stephenson Harwood to act for Mark Ford, Finbarr O'Connell and Gilbert Lemon, the trustees in bankruptcy of three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker. Mr Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings on the basis that he is a diplomat for the Central African Republic. Proceedings are currently ongoing and more updates will follow.  
Wed, 20/6/2018
Claimants advised by an all-20 Essex Street team (comprising Julie Anderson, Monica Feria-Tinta and Alistair Wooder) and Irwin Mitchell LLP successfully persuaded - at the pre-action stage - a school to change its uniform policy to give girls the option of wearing trousers and shorts with immediate effect.  The Claimants had challenged the School’s previous “skirt-only” policy on the basis that it was discriminatory and...
Mon, 18/6/2018
Nori Holdings Ltd & Others v Public Joint-Stock Company Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation [2018] EWHC 1343 (Comm)   In an important and erudite new judgment, Mr Justice Males comprehensively dismantles Advocate General Wathelet’s opinion that West Tankers should no longer apply.    In a judgment that also dissects and rejects the Singapore Court of Appeal’s recent approach to arbitration clauses, Males J has brought some welcome clarity to the difficult choices...
Fri, 15/6/2018
What does the re-imposition of United States sanctions on Iran mean for business outside the US?  On one view, the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) changes very little. Although it was agreed under the JCPOA and enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) that all UN, multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear programme would be removed by 16 January 2016, important US sanctions remained in place even after President...
Wed, 13/6/2018
In Qatcom LLC v Stephen Derek Jones and Others [2018] EWHC 492 (Comm), the Claimant successfully applied for urgent interim mandatory and prohibitory injunctions in order to recover certain of its electronic assets, including its domain name. The Claimant is an online ‘Yellow Pages’ style directory for businesses located in Qatar. It alleged that the First Defendant had engaged in fraudulent misconduct both during and following his tenure as the Claimant’s General Manager,...
Wed, 6/6/2018
Monica Feria-Tinta has been appointed to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Commission on Environmental Law.  Created in 1948, IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. It is uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. 216 States and government agencies are among its members.   The World Commission on Environmental Law is a network of leading scholars and...
Fri, 25/5/2018
In Uttam Galva Steels Limited v Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd, Mr Justice Picken considered an application under s. 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 against a ruling of an LME arbitrator in relation to claims under 8 bills of exchange. The Court held that the objection to jurisdiction had been raised too late. In this regard, the Court considered the meaning of the words “exceeding the scope of its authority” in Regulation 10.3 of the LME Arbitration Regulations. The Court also went on to...
Thu, 24/5/2018
The members of 20 Essex Street have a long standing connection with the Bar Pro Bono Unit and provide free legal advice and services at all possible opportunities. To continue this commitment to ensure access to justice the members are pleased to announce that it has appointed two 'Pro Bono Champions'. Barrister Henry Byam-Cook will act as the point of contact internally and Practice Director Arron Zitver will act as the point of contact for external parties regarding all...
Wed, 23/5/2018
Rock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited In Lord Sumption’s words, the appeal resolved by the Supreme Court last week was “exceptional” and raised “truly fundamental issues in the law of contract”. In a ground-breaking decision, the Supreme Court settled in a surprising way the long running debate about the effect of “no oral modification” clauses (NOM clauses), i.e. clauses which state that any contractual variation must be in...