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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...
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...