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  • Forthcoming Speaking Engagements in the Far EastView More

    Mon, 04 April, 2016

    Nigel Cooper QC has been asked to speak at a number of events in the Far East during April, including the Litigation Conference Workshop in Singapore on 7th & 8th, and The Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s (“IPBA”) 26th Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur, between 13th and 16th.

    The Litigation Conference Workshop will be presented by the Law Society of Singapore and held at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Center. It is designed to allow attendees to develop and improve their litigation skills on a practical level. Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel, together with senior members of the Singapore Bar, will be the trainers for this workshop.

    The IPBA Conference will held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The theme for this year will be ‘Diverse Challenges, Global Solutions’ and will centre on the international flavour and global nature of business transactions, which has been the catalyst for the increasing prevalence of international norms and laws and the opening up of jurisdictions with respect to trade, business and the practice of law.

  • Quadrant Chambers has been certified under the Cyber Essentials SchemeView More

    Thu, 31 March, 2016

    Quadrant Chambers has been certified under the Cyber Essentials Scheme. This is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

    Quadrant Chambers are delighted to announce that our IT systems have recently been assessed under the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme Test Specification and we have been awarded Cyber Essentials certification.

    The Cyber Essentials scheme has been developed by Government and industry to fulfil two functions. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet based threats, within the context of the Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security. Through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions. The Cyber Essentials Scheme covers the basics of cyber security in an organisation’s enterprise or corporate IT system. Implementation of these controls can significantly reduce the risk of prevalent but unskilled cyber-attack.

    Chambers' systems were assessed on five key controls:

    • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways - these are devices designed to prevent unauthorised access to or from private networks, but good setup of these devices either in hardware or software form is important for them to be fully effective.
    • Secure configuration – ensuring that systems are configured in the most secure way for the needs of the organisation
    • Access control – Ensuring only those who should have access to systems to have access and at the appropriate level.
    • Malware protection – ensuring that virus and malware protection is installed and is it up to date
    • Patch management – ensuring the latest supported version of applications is used and all the necessary patches supplied by the vendor been applied.

  • Lucas Bastin Publishes in AJILView More

    Wed, 16 March, 2016

    Lucas Bastin, in a piece co-authored with Aimee-Jane Lee of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, has published an article in the American Journal of International Law on the recent ICSID Award in Venoklim v Venezuela.

    The article considers all aspects of that Award, but gives particular attention to the issue of nationality of claimant and owner entities under the ICSID Convention and the Venezuelan investment statute, and the issue of consent to arbitration in the context of a denunciation of the ICSID Convention.  The index of the Journal and a means of obtaining a copy of the article is available here.

  • Does a perceived conflict of interest necessarily give rise to apparent bias?View More

    Thu, 03 March, 2016

    In W Limited v M Sdn Bhd [2016] EWHC 422 (Comm), Luke Parsons Q.C. and Caroline Pounds acted on behalf of M Sdn Bhd (“M”) and successfully resisted a challenge made to two arbitration awards pursuant to s. 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“AA 1996”) on the grounds of apparent bias based on an alleged conflict of interest.

    A copy of the judgment is available here

    The Judgment, which was handed down on the 2nd March 2016 will be of interest to all those who practise in the field of international arbitration, not only for its practical application of the well-established  English common law test for apparent bias, but also for Mr Justice Knowles’ pertinent observations on the 2014 edition of the International Bar Association Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration (“the IBA Guidelines”).

  • Judicial morale, advice for the junior commercial Bar, and life beyond the lawView More

    Mon, 29 February, 2016

    Joseph England recently interviewed Sir Richard Aikens on his retirement from the Court of Appeal, which appeared in the recent edition of Counsel magazine.

    Please click here to view full article.   

  • Michael McParland successfully challenges jurisdictionView More

    Fri, 26 February, 2016

    Acting for a Swiss client, Michael McParland has successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the English courts over a multi-million pound claim about the ownership of shares in two BVI holding companies created for the deceased Israeli billionaire, Mr Sami Shamoon.

    After a 5 day hearing in the Chancery Division, Mr Justice Henry Carr held the claims brought against the other defendants, Mrs Shamoon and her daughter, fell within the “succession” exclusion to the Brussels I Regulation, and thus the Claimant was not entitled to seek to join Michael’s client to the action under the provisions of Article 6(1) of the Lugano Convention (2007). In any event, the judge agreed with Michael’s argument that Article 6(1) was  not engaged as the court held there was no risk of irreconcilable judgments: Winkler v Shamoon [2016] EWHC 217 (CH). A copy of the judgment is attached.

  • Three members in the Court of AppealView More

    Thu, 25 February, 2016

    Court of Appeal decides meaning of "Hague Rules as enacted"

    David Goldstone QC leading Ben Gardner appeared on behalf of the shipowners and Robert Thomas QC acted for cargo interests in an important decision on the meaning of a standard term in bills of lading.

    Reversing the judgment of Males J below, the Court of Appeal held that "the Hague Rules as enacted in the country of shipment" was apt to refer not only to the original Hague Rules as enacted in the country of shipment, but also to the Hague-Visby Rules.

    The judgment is available here.

  • Success for Max Davidson in Ryanair case.View More

    Wed, 17 February, 2016

    Max Davidson successfully represented Ryanair in its appeal against the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s decision to impose a charge upon Ryanair pursuant to section 40 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996 for the carriage of two passengers who travelled into the United Kingdom on false passports.

    The appeal, which was the first such appeal brought in relation to section 40, considered the question of whether the falsity of the passports used by the passengers was “reasonably apparent”. His Honour Judge Lochrane, in allowing Ryanair’s appeal, gave guidance in respect of the meaning of the words “reasonably apparent” and how that objective standard should be assessed. The Judge observed that there was no statutory definition of the words “reasonably apparent” and made comments, which will be of particular interest to airlines and ferry operators, relating to the inconsistent exercise by the Secretary of State of her charging powers under section 40. A transcript of the Judgment is available here.

    The Times news article is available by clicking here.

  • International Arbitration Newsletter - Winter 2015/2016View More

    Mon, 15 February, 2016

    Quadrant Chambers is delighted to announce the publication of the Winter 2015/2016 edition of the International Arbitration Newsletter.

    Please Register or Login to download the publication document.

  • Court of Appeal dismisses Super Yacht Commission ClaimView More

    Fri, 12 February, 2016

    James M. Turner QC and Paul Toms appeared on behalf of the former owner of the super yacht, 4 YOU, successfully resisting an appeal by brokers against Males J's dismissal of their claim for commission on its sale.

    An ex tempore judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal on 11 February 2016. Ruth Hosking was involved at an earlier stage in the proceedings.
     
    The appeal concerned the scope of authority of a chartering broker and effective cause in the context of claims for agents' commission. 
     
    A copy of the first instance judgment can be viewed via the attached link.