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International cases in UK courts

Closer to home, the barristers at Atkin Chambers often act in disputes about international projects that come before the UK courts.

This may be due to a jurisdiction agreement or as a result of some other connection to the UK. Examples include:

  • A case about the supply of car components from a UK manufacturer to the Ford Motor Co in the USA
  • GHSP Inc V AB Electronic Ltd[2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 432
  • A case about the redevelopment of the Gibraltar Airport
  • Obrascon Huarte Lain SA V Attorney General For Gibraltar [2014] BLR 484 (TCC), [2015] BLR 521 (CA)

Members’ experience of international arbitration means they are uniquely placed to appear in applications to the court for emergency injunctions or other protective measures connected with such arbitrations, such as the application for a freezing injunction to protect funds to satisfy an arbitration award in IOT Engineering Projects v Dangote & IDBI Bank [2014] EWHC Civ 1348.

Bonds, guarantees and letters of credit are commonly-used forms of security on international projects and presented demands are frequently disputed. Members have a great deal of experience acting in such cases and recent examples include applications for injunctions to restrain bond calls in a project to supply boilers to a power plant in Brazil and multiple bond calls against a Brazilian contractor engaged to build an FSPO in Uruguay.

Members have also appeared in ground-breaking decisions regarding bond calls:

  • Simon Carves v Ensus [2011] BLR 340
  • Doosan Babcock v Commercializadora de Equipos [2014] 1 Lloyds Report 464.