On 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Aspen Underwriting v. Credit Europe Bank NV  UKSC 11, a decision concerning the application of the Brussels Regulation (Re-Cast) 1215/2012 in matters ‘relating to insurance’. Upholding the appeal, the Court ruled that the English courts had no jurisdiction over claims brought by insurers […]
As part of the social distancing measures introduced to help deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, Jeremy Brier has been taking part in “virtual” Commercial Court hearings. Read about his experience of remote hearings during lockdown here.
As those in Chambers continue to remember Johnny, the global community has joined us in remembering Johnny’s life and commitment to the legal and professional community not only for his contribution internationally but the person that he was. We have received an overwhelming collection of fond stories and tributes to Johnny along with the following […]
Gourab Banerji has been featured in an article by The Lawyer, which discusses racial equality at the English Bar and introduces eight of the leading Indian advocates. Read the full article here.
Two cases involving members from Essex Court Chambers have been nominated for the Most Important Decision Award at the upcoming GAR Awards 2020. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Minister of Finance (Incorporated) & 1Malaysia Development Berhad v International Petroleum Investment Company & Aabar Investments PJS, in which Eversheds Sutherland instructed Toby Landau QC, Peter […]
In a short note, Stephen Houseman QC discusses the implication of terms into arbitration agreements under English law and, in particular, whether there is scope for an implied mutual obligation to prevent parties taking steps to circumvent or subvert their express positive obligation to submit relevant disputes to arbitration. This may ultimately involve recognition of […]
It is with great sadness that the members of Essex Court Chambers share the news of Johnny Veeder’s untimely passing away on Sunday, 8 March 2020 after a long illness. Johnny died peacefully surrounded by his family. Johnny’s loss to Chambers, to the Bar and the wider English legal community, and to the world of […]
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has unanimously decided that the prosecution of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is admissible before the Court. Gaddafi is accused of committing murder and persecution as crimes against humanity, contrary to the Rome Statute of the ICC. The charges arise […]
Raymond Charles Eyre and Montrose Developments (Private) Limited v Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – ICSID Award of 5 March 2020 By the Award, the Tribunal (Professor Lucy Reed, Professor Julian DM Lew QC and Professor Brigitte Stern) dismissed the Claimants’ invocation of the UK-Sri Lanka BIT (the BIT) on jurisdictional grounds on the […]
Members of Chambers are delighted to have been awarded Commercial Litigation Set of the Year and Lucas Bastin won International Arbitration Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020. The ceremony, which recognises and rewards the best legal professionals from the last 12 months, was held in Northumberland Avenue on the evening […]
In this article, Richard Hoyle examines the practical implications of the decision of the Commercial Court in A & Another v C & Others  EWHC 258 (Comm) in which Angeline Welsh appeared for the Third Defendant. The decision confirmed that it is not possible to obtain cross-border evidence from non parties in support of […]
An ICSID tribunal has dismissed a claim brought by UK investors who sought to build a luxury hotel complex on Mauritius’ first UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. The case concerned the Le Morne peninsula in Mauritius, an area of outstanding natural beauty with deep cultural significance as a place of refuge for escaped slaves during the […]