International Litigation in London – October 2014

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International Litigation in London – October 2014 newsletter

We are pleased to present our annual round up of notable developments in international litigation in London.

  • German lawyers cause damage in Germany
    An English broker of derivative investments has brought a claim against a German law firm, claiming that the firm wrongfully induced the broker’s clients to breach their contracts by persuading them to bring claims against the brokers in Germany in breach of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in favour of the English court. [more]
  • Not an arbitration agreement
    In Christian Kruppa v Alessandro Benedetti & Anor [2014] EWHC 1887 (Comm), the Commercial Court had to consider a clause which provided that in the event of any dispute the parties would endeavour first to resolve the matter through a Swiss arbitration, and then if a resolution was not forthcoming, the English court would have non exclusive jurisdiction. [more]
  • Letter of credit injunctions
    The Privy Council has ruled on an appeal from the Mauritian Court of Appeal which granted an injunction to prevent a bank from paying out under a letter of credit. [more]
  • Damages for suing in Greece
    The Court of Appeal has confirmed an award of damages against insurers who issued proceedings in Greece in breach of a settlement agreement with ship owners which provided for exclusive jurisdiction in England. [more]
  • Jurisdiction and Commercial Agents Regulations
    The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 entitle commercial agents to an indemnity or compensation on termination of their agency contract, and the right cannot be excluded.  This can come as a surprise to principals outside the EU who are unfamiliar with the concept. [more]
  • Jurisdiction accepted due to the slowness of Indian procedure
    In William Jack Pike & Kelly Josephine Doyle v Indian Hotels Co Limited [2013] EWHC 4096 (QB), the defendant, an Indian hotel owner, challenged the jurisdiction of the English court in a negligence claim.[more]
  • Sovereign Immunity
    The English court has had to consider another sovereign immunity dispute involving the Saudi royal family. [more]

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