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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

27/05/2011

Wright v Deccan Chargers and Deccan Chronicle

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By a judgment of 25 May 2011, Tugendhat J has dismissed a jurisdiction challenge by the Defendants, Deccan Chargers and Deccan Chronicle (“Deccan”), and allowed Mr Wright’s claims to continue in England.


Mr Wright was appointed the CEO of the Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League cricket team. Deccan Chronicle is a major Indian media company and was Deccan Chargers’ parent company guarantor.


Mr Wright alleges he was constructively dismissed by Deccan Chargers in early 2009, by actions which undermined his authority, such as offering a player a role in the team without consulting him, and offering a pay increase to the player, contrary to the rules of the IPL. He also alleges that they deliberately created problems for him with the Indian visa system so that he was in fear of criminal prosecution in India.


He has sued for wrongful dismissal in England, claiming £10 million under the severance guarantee in his employment contract, and damages.


Deccan challenged jurisdiction in England, arguing that India was the more appropriate forum. Master Fontaine dismissed this challenge on 15 December 2010, and Deccan appealed against her decision. Tugendhat J has now dismissed Deccan’s appeal, on the grounds that the Master made no error of law and that her assessment of which was the appropriate forum could not be challenged.


Mr Wright was represented by Victor Joffe QC of Serle Court Chambers, and Thomas Raphael of 20 Essex Street. His solicitors were Maitland Hudson & Co.

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