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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

Twenty 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

19/05/2013

Ecom Agroindustrial Corp Ltd v Mosharaf Composite Textile Mill Ltd [2013] EWHC 1276 (Comm)

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Subject: anti-suit injunctions; declaratory relief; arbitration


The claimant and defendant were parties to a contract of sale containing an English law and arbitration clause. Following an alleged breach of the contract by the defendant, the claimant commenced arbitration under the contract claiming damages. The defendant responded by bringing proceedings before the Bangladeshi courts claiming a declaration of non-liability under the contract, and an anti-suit injunction to prevent the claimant from continuing with the arbitration. The defendant also applied for and obtained an interim anti-suit injunction from the Bangladeshi court.


The claimant in turn commenced the present Commercial Court proceedings seeking an anti-anti-suit injunction requiring the defendant to discontinue the Bangladeshi proceedings and prohibiting the defendant from prosecuting any other claim under the contract in the Bangladeshi courts, together with related declaratory relief.


Granting the relief sought, Hamblen J held (inter alia) that while the English court should be cautious before granting an anti-suit injunction in mandatory terms, such an order was appropriate in this case in light of the nature of the defendant’s conduct, and the fact that an injunction in purely negative terms would not have been effective. It was also held that the fact that the Bangladeshi court had already granted an anti-suit injunction against the claimant did not preclude the grant of an anti-anti-suit injunction by the English court.


Luke Pearce appeared for the Claimant.

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