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Fri, 8/2/2019
In what circumstances may a court stay determination of a co-defendant’s jurisdiction challenge once the claim against an anchor defendant has been dismissed? Stephen Atherton QC and Malcolm Jarvis discuss the issues raised by Shulman v Kolomoisky [2018] in an article titled "Should I stay or should I go?", recently published in the Commercial Litigation Journal. A copy of the article is attached. This article was first published in The Commercial Litigation Journal. 
Thu, 7/2/2019
Dr Philippa Webb has launched a report with recommendations to advance efforts to eradicate modern slavery. The report was launched at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 31 January and attended by legal advisers of permanent missions, United Nations officials and civil society representatives. Dr Webb, together with Dr Rosana Garciandia of King’s College London, has been examining potential state responsibility for modern slavery. The project, in partnership with the United...
Wed, 6/2/2019
Medsted Associates Limited v Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International) Limited [2019] EWCA 83 Court of Appeal holds that no breach of fiduciary duty by introducing broker where principal knew fact, but not amount, of commission paid by third party. The decision Henry Byam-Cook and Belinda McRae (instructed by Memery Crystal LLP) acted for Medsted in its successful appeal from a decision of Teare J (reported at [2018] 1 WLR 314) concerning the interplay between agency and fiduciary relationships...
Tue, 5/2/2019
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the first case where the UK courts’ jurisdiction has been disputed in a claim for a global FRAND licence for Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). It upheld the judgment of Henry Carr J rejecting the defendants’ jurisdiction challenge and their application for a stay in favour of the Chinese courts. It is thought to be the first case in the world where jurisdiction has been taken in the face of a party’s jurisdictional objection to...
Mon, 4/2/2019
Gordon Nardell QC was among the speakers at the Bar Council's recent event, "No Deal" Brexit: Practical advice for chambers". Gordon covered the implications of a "no deal" withdrawal, or a "hard landing" following a transitional period, on continuity of contracts for legal services. Without a deal on services, barristers and other UK-qualified lawyers will face restrictions on cross-border work in the EU27. Gordon examined the way the standard sets of...
Mon, 28/1/2019
CiAR Global, the arbitration journal of the Ibero-American community, interviewed leading arbitration practitioners and quoted Monica Feria-Tinta, on its special edition reviewing the most discussed topics in 2018 on international arbitration. Achmea, the 60 years anniversary of the New York Convention, arbitration developments in Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico were amongst some of the issues highlighted.   Read the article (in Spanish)
Thu, 24/1/2019
Simon Milnes has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Civil Counsel, with effect from 1 March 2019. He joins Tom Leary and John Bethell, along with seven other barristers at 20 Essex Street who are already members of the Attorney General’s Civil and Public International Law Panels: Julie Anderson, Guglielmo Verdirame, Angharad Parry, Penelope Nevill, Kate Parlett, Belinda McRae and Philippa Webb.   Members of the Attorney General’s Panels are instructed to...