Posts from 39 Essex Chambers

Foreign Office travel advisory: service of an enforcement order on a sovereign state must be effected through the FCO

A recent decision of Males LJ in the English Commercial Court, General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd v Libya, held that service of an order permitting the claimant to enforce an arbitral award against a sovereign state must be effected through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This blog concentrates on the practical implications for clients and … Continue reading Foreign Office travel advisory: service of an enforcement order on a sovereign state must be effected through the FCO

When pets attack: of puppies, kittens and being careful what you ask for

If you are thinking of buying a new pet, “cats or dogs?” may be a reasonable question to ask. But what if the answer is “cats in town, dogs in the countryside”? Is that a non-answer? Or does it express what you most needed to know? If that is a good answer for yourself when … Continue reading When pets attack: of puppies, kittens and being careful what you ask for

When the kings depart: costs and the removal of an arbitrator

Few practitioners in the arbitration field will not have heard of the judgment in Cofely Limited v Bingham and another. As noted in a number of places, Hamblen J (as he then was) in the Commercial Court gave a judgment in favour of removal of the defendant as arbitrator under section 24(1)(a) of the Arbitration … Continue reading When the kings depart: costs and the removal of an arbitrator