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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.

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20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

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

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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

07/05/2014

Assuranceforeningen Gard Gjensidig v The International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1971

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Freezing order made against the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Mr. Justice Hamblen has delivered judgment granting freezing order relief against the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund. The Fund, which is an international legal organisation created pursuant to the Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution 1971, claimed blanket immunity from the grant of freezing order relief under the International Oil Pollution Fund (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1979. The Judge rejected the Fund’s immunity argument. In so doing he held that effect had to be given to the terms of the above statutory instrument, regardless of whether that meant that the UK would be in breach of its international obligations (under a Headquarters Agreement between the UK and the Fund).

The freezing order was sought in support of claims by the Gard P&I Club against the Fund arising out of an oil spill in Venezuela in 1997. The court held that Gard has a good arguable case in respect of its claim against the Fund in England. The injunction application was prompted by an impending decision by the Fund to dissipate its assets in advance of winding itself up.

Christopher Hancock QC and Malcolm Jarvis represented Gard, the successful applicants, on instructions from Ince & Co LLP.

 


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