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. The leading legal directories credit us 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 personal injury claims bought by individuals, arising from accidents abroad, especially involving catastrophic injuries or fatalities such as Brownlie v FS Cairo 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 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.