Brexit and the Government White Paper: Are the Civil Judicial Cooperation plans Realistic?

In this blog, which follows on from Philip Mead’s recent post explaining the legal implications the Government’s recent White Paper (Cm 9593), Patrick Vincent suggests that the Lugano Convention has been wrongly worded and wrongly translated – but that even if corrected it will not help the UK achieve post-Brexit civil judicial cooperation with the…

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His Royal Highness Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Lucky Alame v Royal Dutch Shell Plc [2017] EWHC 89 (TCC); Jurisdiction and international environmental group actions

This post is by Aliyah Akram of 12 King’s Bench Walk.  The case involved 42,500 residents of the Niger Delta, from two different communities, who sought to bring a claim in the High Court for damages arising from environmental pollution caused by, they alleged, oil spills from the Defendants’ pipelines. The claim was brought against…

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PHP v Tobacco Carib Sarl v BAT Caribbean SA [2016] EWHC 3377 (Comm): Brussels Recast & third party claims

This blog is by Max Archer of 12 King’s Bench Walk.   The claimant in this case was French company engaged in importing tobacco products to Guadeloupe and Martinique. The defendant was Panamanian company within the wider BAT corporate group. The claimant had a five-year distribution agreement with the defendant. The agreement provided for English…

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Al-Saadoon & Others v Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811 – ECHR, Jurisdiction, art. 3, art. 5, UNCAT

This blog post is by James Beeton of 12 King’s Bench Walk. This important case considered in detail a number of issues arising under the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”): the scope of the Convention’s extra-territorial effect, investigative obligations under articles 3 and 5, and the impact of the UN Convention Against Torture (“UNCAT”)…

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Brexit & Conflict of Laws: Part 3

In the final part of this series I look at how English law’s approach to the  choice of applicable law may change post Brexit. For historical and political reasons the change may be radical. I conclude this series of blogs by making tentative predictions as to how English law’s approach to the conflict of laws…

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Brexit & Conflict of Laws: Part 2

To understand how the situation might change post Brexit, one first has to consider the status quo. Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2012, aka Brussels Recast, aka Judgment Regulation Recast, aka Brussels II, determines matters of jurisdiction for EU members apart from Denmark who opted out of the Regulation. As an EU regulation, Brussels II has…

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Committeri v (1) Club Mediterranée SA (2) Generali Assurances Iard SA [2016] EWHC 1510 (QB) – Package Travel Regulations, Jurisdiction, Rome I, Rome II

This blog post is by James Beeton of 12 King’s Bench Walk. This interesting jurisdictional dispute involved an examination of the nature of a package tour operator’s duty of care – is the duty contractual or non-contractual? The answer to this question raised corresponding issues as to the applicability and effect of Rome I and II.

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