The Tai Prize

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the Tai Prize in which James Leabeater QC and Rani Noakes appeared for the appellant disponent owners and Alex Wright appeared for the respondent voyage charterers. The Court of Appeal complimented counsel on both sides for having made their written and oral submissions “with considerable skill“. The […]

Court of Appeal

The FCA v Arch & Others

On Friday 15th January, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated Judgment in the FCA Test Case relating to Covid Business Insurance, The FCA v Arch & Others [2021] UKSC 1. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant decisions in insurance law in a long time – not just because it decides whether […]

Supreme Court

Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd

4 Pump Court’s joint head of chambers Nick Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens acted for the LMAA as an intervening party before the Supreme Court in this landmark arbitration decision. The ICC, LCIA, GAFTA and CIArb also intervened. The Facts The Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2011 gave rise to many disputes, many arbitrations and to […]

Supreme Court

Multiplex Constructions LLC v Elemec Electromechanical Contracting LLC

For the first time the DIFC Courts have issued an anti-suit injunction in favour of a party wishing to prevent on-shore Dubai Court proceedings in order to proceed with an Arbitration. In the order issued last week in Multiplex Constructions LLC v Elemec Electromechanical Contracting LLC, HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi ordered the Defendant not […]

DIFC Court

Tuke v Hood & Anor

Alexander Wright and Ed Jones have successfully acted for Michael Tuke FREng against Derek Hood, the former owner and proprietor of JD Classics Limited (“JDC”), formerly one of the world’s leading classic car dealers. Following the sale of his Orthopaedic business to Johnson & Johnson in 2009, Mr Tuke invested part of the proceeds in […]

Commercial Court

The Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela v The Guaidó Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela

Introduction On 5th October, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in The Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Appellant) v The Guaidó Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Respondent) [2020] EWCA Civ 1249. Nicholas Vineall QC, Joint Head of Chambers of 4 Pump Court, appeared for the successful Appellant. This […]

Court of Appeal

K Line Pte Ltd v Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd (The Eternal Bliss)

It is not uncommon for voyage charterers to breach the charterparty by failing to load or discharge at the agreed rate and thus exceed the permitted laytime. It is also not uncommon for this to involve no other breach of the charterparty. Owners in such circumstances are entitled to demurrage at the stipulated rate. But […]

Commercial Court

Farrer v Holyhead Marina

James Watthey appeared in this case before the Admiralty Judge involving a very rare dispute on the right in principle to limit under s.191. The case provides the only authority for the timebeing in English law on the main point in dispute: whether a marina is (or can in certain circumstances be) a “dock” for […]

Admirality Court

FCA v Avacade & Ors

Nick Vineall QC successfully represented the Financial Conduct Authority in its claim against two companies and three individuals involved in the promotion of pension transfers into self-invested personal pensions. Nearly two thousand UK consumers transferred pensions worth over £86 million, a large percentage of which was used to invest into non-mainstream investments. Following a trial […]

Business & Property Court

Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex)

Judgment was issued yesterday in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC) following a six week trial heard last year before Mr Justice Pepperall in the TCC. Daniel Churcher of 4 Pump Court appeared as junior counsel for Essex, instructed by Slaughter and May alongside Marcus Taverner QC, Piers Stansfield […]

Technology & Construction Court

Jiangsu Guoxin Corp v Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd

A noteworthy judgment considering (1) the prevention principle, and (2) notice requirements for extensions of time under amended SAJ form shipbuilding contracts was handed down by Butcher J on 30 April 2020. 4 Pump Court’s Andrew Stevens and Gideon Shirazi acted for the shipyard in these s.69 appeals, arising out of a series of substantial multivessel shipbuilding arbitrations, against Roderick Cordara […]

Commercial Court

AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick & RSA Insurance PLC

James Watthey recently appeared in an interesting procedural wrangle on CPR Part 19.5(3)(a) and (b) in AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick Roofing Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 943 (TCC). This is a TCC claim where proceedings had been commenced in the name of the wrong claimant, and an application was made to correct the error after […]

Technology & Construction Court

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