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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

01/03/2017

AAA and other v Unilever PLC and Unilever Tea Kenya Limited [2017] EWHC 371 (QB)

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Mrs Justice Elizabeth Lang DBE found that the Court did not have jurisdiction to hear largely personal injuries claims brought by Kenyan employees and other persons present on and around a tea plantation operated by Unilever Tea Kenyan Limited in Kericho, Kenya.

The injuries were alleged to have been caused by criminal third parties during post-election violence following the 2007 Kenyan Presidential Elections.

The finding of no jurisdiction was primarily based on the proposed claim against Unilever PLC, the alleged UK based parent company, being struck out on being found to be doomed to fail.  The Claimants contended that the Court had jurisdiction over the Kenyan company as a necessary and proper party to the claim against the UK based alleged parent company (the “anchor defendant gateway”) which in turn relied on a “parent company duty of care” modelled on the Court of Appeal’s decision in Chandler v Cape [2012] 1 WLR 3111.

Permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal has been granted.

Dr Philippa Webb of 20 Essex Street. and Adam Heppinstall led by Charles Gibson QC of Henderson Chambers represented Unilever PLC and Unilever Tea Kenya Limited

 


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