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Commercial Court rejects jurisdiction challenges in US$ 10 billion insurance claims for aircraft stranded in Russia


In an extensive Judgment in a case named as one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2024, Mr Justice Henshaw rejected jurisdiction challenges brought by the Defendant international reinsurers on the basis of Russian exclusive jurisdiction clauses. Finding that the mostly western owners and lessors of over 200 aircraft were very unlikely to receive a fair trial in Russia, he refused to order a stay of the English proceedings.

10 Quadrant counsel were instructed:

Chirag Karia KC, Peter Stevenson and Benjamin Joseph (instructed by Peter Sharp, David Waldron and Paul Mesquitta at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP) represented the GTLK MLB Claimants.

Robert-Jan Temmink KC and Tom Nixon (instructed by Peter Sharp, David Waldron and Paul Mesquitta at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP) represented the Merx MLB Claimants.

Matthew Reeve KC and Joseph England (instructed by Simon Hems at McGuireWoods LLP) represented Genesis GASL Ireland Leasing A-1 Limited.

Guy Blackwood KC, Tom Bird and Rob Ward (instructed by Andrew Krausz, Sonia Lopez and Adam Baker at Weightmans LLP) represented certain Hull All Risks Defendant Reinsurers.