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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

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

10/02/2009

FRONT COMOR – Allianz SpA, formerly Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà SpA, Generali Assicurazioni Generali SpA v West Tankers Inc.

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Case C-185/07 Allianz SpA and Generali Assicurazioni Generali SpA v West Tankers Inc, The Front Comor, Judgment of the ECJ, 10 February 2009.  In a judgment that has been much anticipated by the London arbitration community, the ECJ has ruled that it is incompatible with the Brussels Regulation to grant an anti-suit injunction restraining proceedings brought in another EU State on the ground that such proceedings would be contrary to an arbitration clause.  This has been a highly controversial question in which the English courts including the House of Lords (supported in the Front Comor case itself by an opinion of Professor Schlosser and by the United Kingdom Government) have consistently held that such injunctions are not incompatible with the Regulation. That position has now been decisively rejected by the ECJ, following the earlier opinion of the Advocate General.  Stephen Males QC and Sara Masters were instructed by MFB on behalf of the Italian Insurers who challenged the grant of the injunction. Alexander Layton QC was instructed on behalf of the United Kingdom Government by the Treasury Solicitor.

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