Private International Law

Our market-leading Private International Law barristers provide specialist advice and representation on jurisdiction, conflict of law, applicable law and related issues, including enforcement of judgments, in complex cross-border disputes.

We have a great deal of experience in relation to challenging the jurisdiction of the English Courts and in seeking anti-suit injunctions in relation to proceedings brought in courts overseas. We are credited with being “top of the line” and having “unrivalled expertise at all levels” in this area.

We are able to provide specialist advice across a wide range of cases in which issues of foreign law or jurisdiction arise, including commercial law, insurance, product liability, environmental law, human rights and personal injury disputes. In respect of insurance, this includes jurisdictional disputes between insurance companies arising out of claims for contribution.

We act in high value international injury claims bought by individuals, arising from accidents abroad, especially involving catastrophic injuries or fatalities such as Brownlie v FS Cairo and Roberts v (1) SSAFA (2) MOD (3) Viersen, both of which were recently in the Supreme Court.

We also act on large group claims, many of which are subject to group litigation orders, regularly appearing in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on these high-profile cases as well. Our members have been involved the recent leading cases including Lungowe v Vedanta Industries and Okpapi v Royal Dutch Shell in relation to environmental damage, and Kalme v African Minerals regarding alleged human rights abuses. These cases have been instrumental in defining the law of liability in relation to claims arising in emerging markets against anchor defendants domiciled in England and Wales and subsidiary companies domiciled abroad.

Members of our team have also been involved in various well-publicised group litigation concerning the Government including historical claims arising out of colonial abuses such as the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation (Mau Mau), the Cyprus Emergency Litigation, and the Iraqi Civilians Litigation.

Our barristers have excellent experience of the Brussels Regulation, Rome I, the Private (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 and Rome II, with Marie Louise Kinsler KC appointed as National Rapporteur for UK and Ireland for the European Commission’s review into the application of Rome II in the member states.

We work in a number of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish and are called to the Bar in a number of foreign jurisdictions.

For more information, contact our clerks on:

+44 (0)20 7822 1200
or click here to email.

Private International Law Barristers

Lucy Wyles KC

Call 1994 | Silk 2022

Benjamin Browne KC

Call 1976 | Silk 1996

Howard Palmer KC

Call 1977 | Silk 1999

Charles Dougherty KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2013

Marie Louise Kinsler KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2017

Niazi Fetto KC

Call 1999 | Silk 2023

Alison Green

Call 1974

Anna Hughes

Call 2008

William Clerk

Call 2012

Sam Stevens

Call 2014

Emily Albou

Call 2014

Kate Legh

Call 2018

Alex Ivory

Call 2021

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