Appeals against findings of foreign law

The appeal courts have repeatedly emphasised that a dissatisfied party seeking to overturn a finding of fact will face an uphill battle. Central to this analysis is the trial judge’s role as the master of fact-finding. The trial judge carries out this role in an atmosphere and setting which simply cannot be recreated on an…

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No foreign law evidence? No problem.

In Soriano v Forensic News LLC & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1952, the Court of Appeal considered an appeal relating to service abroad in a cross-border claim for libel (and various other things). It raised issues about s. 9 of the Defamation Act 2013, which contains a special test for jurisdiction over libel claims against…

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Odenbreit rule covers subrogated claims

Today we have another “historical interest” case to be filed away with last week’s CJEU ruling on parasitic claims against policyholders. Hill v Generali Zrt [2021] EWHC 3381 (QB) concerned an English motorist who was involved in an accident with a car in Germany. The other car was insured by the Defendant. This was a…

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CJEU: Keefe was wrong

The CJEU has today handed down judgment in Case C-708/20, BT. We blogged on the background to this judgment here. The CJEU held that an injured party bringing a direct claim in the injured party’s domicile against an insurer cannot use article 13(3) of Brussels I (Recast) to establish jurisdiction against the insured in the…

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CJEU to rule on Keefe question

The CJEU is coming to town with an early Xmas present: I am of course talking about the much anticipated ruling on the so-called “Keefe question” as referred by DJ Hennessy at the last possible moment in Tattersall v Seguros Catalana Occidente SA and Basque (Unreported) Birkenhead County Court, 31 December 2020. The question concerns whether…

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Don’t hold out hope for future UK Lugano accession

It is old news that the UK’s bid to join the Lugano Convention has stalled and been kicked into the political long grass. We previously blogged about the reasons given by the EU Commission for opposing UK Lugano Convention membership. Specifically: For the European Union, the Lugano Convention is a flanking measure of the internal…

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Brownlie II mini-series: (3) Foreign law

This is the third and final instalment in our Brownlie II mini-series. The judgment can be found here. Our first article on the background and decision itself is here. The second article on the future implications of the tort gateway ruling can be found here. In this third article, Patrick Vincent QC considers the many…

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Judgment in Scots law mesothelioma claim

Judgment was handed down in Haggerty-Garton & Ors v Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd [2021] EWHC 2924 (QB) yesterday following a two-day assessment of damages hearing before Ritchie J. This was an unusual fatal mesothelioma claim where the applicable law was Scots law. Judgment for the First Claimant, Charmaine Haggerty-Garton (the widow), was given in the…

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Default judgments and invalid service – CPR Part 11 or Part 13?

We previously blogged about the options available to a foreign defendant who wishes to challenge a default judgment entered against them. Where the defendant accepts that they were validly served but wishes to challenge the court’s jurisdiction, they may choose to proceed purely under CPR Part 11 without combining this with an alternative application to…

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