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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

14/01/2020

Colombian farmers secure £3 million freezing injunction against UK oil company

Andres Fernando Bravo and others v Amerisur Resources PLC

A group of campesinos (small scale farmers) from the Putumayo region of southern Colombia secured an interim freezing injunction for over £3 million late last week against Amerisur Resources PLC, an AIM-listed company that is about to be acquired by the Bermuda-incorporated GeoPark group and converted into a private company. The farmers’ claim arises out of alleged contamination of local waterways and wetlands emanating from Amerisur’s oil drilling operations and transportation of its crude oil. The claimants had relied on local stream water for drinking, cooking, bathing and fishing, but say that release of oily wastes and residues left the waters unsafe, causing illness and killing fish, crops and livestock.

Mrs Justice Karen Steyn granted the injunction at an on notice hearing, holding that the claimants had demonstrated a good arguable case (based on evidence of Colombian law) and a sufficient risk that the planned takeover would result in Amerisur being stripped of assets and unable to satisfy a judgment, should the claimants ultimately succeed on the claim.

Simon C. Milnes, led by Richard Lord QC and instructed by Leigh Day, represented the claimants.

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