Lord Garnier QC appointed to Serious Fraud Office’s panel of external counsel

We are pleased that Edward Garnier QC has been appointed to the SFO’s list of approved external counsel. Edward’s appointment is effective from 31st December 2020 and will run until 2024. For more information about Edward’s commercial and corporate crime practice, please contact our clerks.

11th January 2021

COMBAR Brexit Emergency Pack

What you need to know about life after 1 January 2021. Neil Dowers has contributed to a recent COMBAR handout detailing the changes relevant to commercial practitioners following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. The handout consists of three main sections: Changes to commercial law practice by Freddie Popplewell, Essex […]

18th December 2020

Podcast: Halliburton v Chubb

The latest edition of 4PC Podcast is brought to you by Nick Vineall QC, Sean Brannigan QC and Andrew Stevens. In this short bonus episode, Sean Brannigan QC talks to Nick Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens about the main points arising from the recent Supreme Court judgment in Halliburton v Chubb. The podcast highlights points […]

1st December 2020

Supreme Court Corrects Mistake in Limitation

Test Claimants in Franked Investment Income Group Litigations and others v Commissioners for HMRC [2020] UKSC 47 This tax decision of the Supreme Court will be of interest not just to tax specialists but to a broad range of civil practitioners. The decision changes the law on the principles governing when a claimant has discovered […]

27th November 2020

Halliburton v Chubb in the Supreme Court – Challenging times?

With the Supreme Court’s judgment in Halliburton v Chubb hot off the press, in this article, James Leabeater QC and Anna Hoffmann take a first look at the judgment. 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 […]

27th November 2020

Urgent out of hours commercial injunctions: an excellent advert for the English courts

In ETC Export Trading Company SA v APLAS Importer & Berhan Bank SC [2020] EWHC 3229 (QB) (26 November 2020), James Watthey (instructed by a multi-jurisdictional team from Baker & McKenzie LLP) obtained an urgent without notice injunction after an out of hours hearing on Microsoft Teams before Pepperall J. In order to preserve the […]

26th November 2020

Grenfell and the Stretch to Pennsylvania for Punitive Damages

Introduction In Kristen Behrens, Esq., as Administratrix, et al. v. Arconic, Inc., et al [1] a US federal district court in Pennsylvania has dismissed on grounds of forum non conveniens claims brought by victims of the Grenfell Tower fire against: The US manufacturer of the combustible cladding tiles; and The US parent company of the […]

23rd November 2020

First Anti-Suit Injunction obtained in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

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 […]

10th November 2020

Success for Alexander Wright and Ed Jones in Tuke v Hood & Anor [2020] EWHC 2843 (Comm)

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 […]

27th October 2020

De facto and de jure Presidents – The Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Appellant) 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 […]

6th October 2020

Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption

Edward Garnier QC has contributed a chapter on Deferred Prosecution Agreements for the third edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption, published by LexisNexis UK. In this new edition of this comprehensive work Edward, who developed DPAs for use in this jurisdiction when Solicitor General, offers a full overview of the DPA legislation […]

1st October 2020

FCA Business Interruption insurance test case

The Commercial Court has handed down judgment in the COVID-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm). These expedited proceedings concerned numerous sample wordings of business interruption policies from eight leading insurers and were commenced in June 2020, leading to an urgent two week […]

17th September 2020

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