2TG appears in Supreme Court case on private international law

Posted: 20/10/2021

On 20 October 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brownlie v FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC [2021] UKSC 45, a landmark case on two important points of private international law: the scope of the Court’s jurisdiction to hear tort claims against defendants based outside of the jurisdiction; and the pleading and proof of foreign law. Marie Louise Kinsler KC, Howard Palmer KC, Alistair McKenzie and Benjamin Phelps appeared for the Respondent in the Supreme Court.

The case raises important points of principle and practice. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the Supreme Court’s judgment is the leading authority on the Court’s jurisdiction to hear claims arising from accidents abroad. Claimants will be able to rely on the tort gateway to commence proceedings in England arising out of accidents abroad, wherever they occur. The judgment on the tort gateway has wider implications for jurisdiction in relation to tort claims outside of the personal injury context, particularly those founded on economic loss or financial damage.

The Supreme Court also gave important new guidance on the correct approach to proof and pleading of foreign law in the English courts. The judgment will result in significant changes to practice in claims with an international element.

Please see below a link to the judgment.

FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC (Appellant) v Lady Brownlie (as Dependant and Executrix of Professor Sir Ian Brownlie CBE QC) (Respondent) (


Howard Palmer KC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1999

Marie Louise Kinsler KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2017

Alistair Mackenzie

Call: 2013

Benjamin Phelps

Call: 2017


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