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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

26/03/2013

Fiona Trust & Holding Corporation & Ors v Dimitry Skarga & Ors, Yuri Nikitin & Ors

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed Sovcomflot’s appeal in the long-running Fiona Trust litigation. The Court upheld Mr Justice Smith’s decision that the bribery claims against Dimitry Skarga (the former Director-General of Sovcomflot) were governed by Russian law and not, as the appellants alleged, by English law. As such, all of the claims failed, because the alleged bribery of Mr Skarga did not cause Sovcomflot’s subsidiaries to enter into any of the impugned transactions and those transactions did not cause them any loss.In addressing the conflicts of laws questions, the Court considered sections 11 and 12 of the Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 (“PILA”). The Court held that the correct approach to those sections was set out in the ten principles identified in VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp and others [2013] UKSC 5. The keystone of the Appellants’ argument was that even if the general rule required the application of Russian law, it should be displaced by English law under section 12 of PILA, because contracts entered into after the alleged bribery (and unconnected with it) contained choices of English law. The Court rejected that submission and held that there was no clear preponderance of factors pointing to English law which was sufficient to displace Russian law.


 


Susannah Jones acted for the First Respondent (instructed by Stephenson Harwood)

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