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Briefing Notes

Druces promotes Charles Avens and Benjamin Lomer to leadership roles

This month, Druces celebrates the promotion of two of our lawyers, Charles Avens and Benjamin Lomer, who are stepping up to take on the leadership of their practice areas. Charles Avens promoted to Head of Immigration “I am delighted to be appointed as the Head of Immigration at Druces. As the world begins to open […]

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Court of Appeal upholds decision in religious discrimination case

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision to dismiss a religious discrimination claim in Page v Lord Chancellor. Background Richard Page was a Lay Magistrate in Kent. In July 2014, he declined to sign an order approving the adoption of a child by a same sex couple based on his beliefs as a Christian. He […]

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Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC) publishes Multilateral Memorandum on Enforcement of Commercial Judgments for Money

The Multilateral Memorandum provides greater clarity on the procedures  for the enforcement of judgments worldwide. Significantly its contributors include certain states of the USA which historically has been reluctant to sign up to reciprocal enforcement obligations, arbitration awards aside. It also provides additional reassurance as to the enforcement of English court judgments given the uncertainty […]

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Druces LLP hosts an Insolvency Litigation Funding Roundtable with The Judge

On 21 May 2019 Rachel Brown, Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution Team, hosted a roundtable session on Insolvency Litigation Funding. Katie Armstrong of The Judge (an independent insurance broker) attended the event as a guest speaker and provided attendees with a detailed insight into the funding & insurance options now available for insolvency claims. […]

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The future for UK jurisdiction after Brexit: building partnerships

Senior UK judge Sir Geoffrey Vos has spoken in Munich about the future for UK jurisdiction and English law after Brexit. He identified two preliminaries in choosing jurisdiction: do the courts serve the needs of international parties and the impact of technology. The key factors are respect for the rule of law and a high […]

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Islamic Finance Update

Islamic finance update: The arranging bank’s duty of care & the validity and enforceability of English law governed agreements in Islamic finance transactions This update considers two recent Commercial Court decisions which will be of interest and importance to parties involved in Islamic finance transactions. 1) The arranging bank’s duty of care On 7 December […]

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Enforcement issues: Taking control of goods

Recently the Commercial Court, in Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 2206, considered attempts to take control of a private jet under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The Claimants had a judgment debt of US$194m against the Defendant based on a New York judgment which was sought […]

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Standby Letters of Credit: The Court’s Approach to Enforcement

On 26 January 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down its Judgment in the case of National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd v Banco Santander SA [2017] EWCA Civ 27. The case provides a useful illustration of the Court of Appeal’s approach to enforcement of standby letters of credit and reconfirmation of the test to be […]

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