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Fri, 18/5/2018
The Lawyer published its Litigation Tracker England Wales Q1 2018 Report in April 2018 which included a summary of notable cases that reached judgment in Q1 of 2018 and their implications for the legal industry; league tables covering the most active firms, partners, chambers and barristers in Q1 of 2018 by number of cases and case days; and court by court analysis. Belinda McRae is featured in the list 'Top 10 barristers in the Supreme Court' in terms of the number of...
Wed, 16/5/2018
The Lawyer published its Litigation Tracker England Wales Q1 2018 Report in April 2018 which included a summary of notable cases that reached judgment in Q1 of 2018 and their implications for the legal industry; league tables covering the most active firms, partners, chambers and barristers in Q1 of 2018 by number of cases and case days; and court by court analysis. Julie Anderson was listed in the section of 'Top 10 barristers in the Court of Appeal' in terms of number of...
Mon, 14/5/2018
Five questions for London arbitration following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Halliburton v Chubb The recent decision in Halliburton v Chubb is of great interest for its treatment of an application to remove an arbitrator under s 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996, in the common situation where the same arbitrator is appointed in overlapping references with only one common party, on the basis this gave rise to justifiable doubts about the arbitrator’s impartiality.  The case...
Fri, 11/5/2018
In March 2017 the EU Justice Sub-Committee published its report 'Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?' looking at what alternative plans the Government has to replace the loss of EU Regulations which govern cooperation in civil and family law in the UK post-Brexit. On 15 May 2018 the Sub-Committee will launch a short follow-up enquiry to explore progress made so far during the Brexit negotiations, the contents of the Withdrawal Agreement which include...
Fri, 11/5/2018
The members of 20 Essex Street will be hosting a fraud seminar and drinks reception 19 June 2018 at South Place Hotel. Topics on the evening will be: Hunting ghosts in the machine – developing pre-emptive procedures to tackle electronic and cyber fraud - Paul Lowenstein QC Pre-action remedies and the rule against reflective loss - Blair Leahy Pre-action remedies and arbitration - Belinda McRae    Further event details can be found in the invitation attached....
Thu, 10/5/2018
On 10 May 2018 Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine (CDR) published an article titled 'What Brexit? Survey places London as top arbitral seat' discussing the results of a 2018 International Arbitration Survey jointly written by White & Case and Queen Mary, University of London. As vice-chair of the Bar Council's Brexit working group Gordon Nardell QC told CDR that professionals in London and Paris should be more focused on a conciliatory approach in light of other...
Wed, 9/5/2018
20 Essex Street is pleased to announce that the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC) has appointed Gordon Nardell QC to its arbitrator/mediator panel for the first time, with the term from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021. Gordon's appointment joins those of a number of specialist and part-time arbitrators at 20 Essex Street who have been appointed by the SHIAC for a number of years. For enquiries relating to arbitral appointments please contact Sean Hulbert at ...
Thu, 3/5/2018
In A Local Authority v X and Others [2018] EWHC 874 (Fam) Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles was required to consider the nature, purpose and duration of the "reasonable period”, in Article 39(2) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), during which a person who has enjoyed privileges and immunities will continue to do so, after he or she has ceased to perform diplomatic functions. The court also considered whether the children of a person holding privileges and...
Wed, 2/5/2018
Paul Lowenstein QC (of 20 Essex Street), instructed by Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, led a team of juniors including Harris Bor and Matthew McGhee (of 20 Essex Street) and Philip Hinks in a series of public hearings in London in November and December 2017, when the Commercial Court confirmed a suite of earlier interim orders to assist a global commodities company to trace and secure money that had been stolen from its bank accounts following a sophisticated payments fraud by unknown ‘...
Tue, 1/5/2018
In collaboration with the HKIAC, 20 Essex Street is hosting a seminar titled 'Belt & Road Investment Disputes: The International Legal Landscape for Chinese Investors and Counterparties' on 8 May 2018. The programme will run as follows: 17.30 Registration and drinks reception 18.00 Welcome address and introduction - Duncan Matthews QC, 20 Essex Street 18.05 'Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI) and the unique selling points of the HKIAC to resolve BRI disputes - Sarah Grimmer,...