International and Conflict of Laws

Much of the commercial litigation undertaken by Littleton barristers has an international dimension, and Chambers has particular expertise in the conflict of laws issues that this dimension can raise.

Littleton is highly familiar with advancing or resisting applications for service out of the jurisdiction, applications under CJJA s. 25 and s. 44 of the Arbitration Act, the Judgments Regulation and Lugano Convention as well as Rome I and II.

Key cases include:

  • Refco Inc v Eastern Trading Company and Others [1999] 1 Lloyds LR 159
  • Shanning International Ltd (In liquidation) v Lloyds TSB Bank Plc [2001] 1 WLR 1462 HL;  [2000] Lloyds Rep Banking 215 Iraqi sanctions.
  • Polymer Vision R&D v Van Dooren [2011] EWHC 2951 (Comm). Judgments regulation, intellectual property and Netherlands bankruptcy.
  • OJSC Yugraneft v Abramovich [2008] All ER (D) 299 (Oct) domicile of defendants, proper law of equitable claims, whether fair trial possible in overseas jurisdiction
  • Crucial Music Corporation v Klondyke Music Management AG [2008] 1 All ER (Comm) 642 Stay of English proceedings, EC Judgments Regulation and Lugano Convention: place of performance of contractual obligation
  • FKI Engineering Ltd v De Wind GmbH [2009] 1 All ER (Comm) 118 leading Court of Appeal Decision on the applicability of EC Judgments Regulation when concurrent proceedings
  • E OJSC ANK Yugraneft, Millhouse Capital UK Ltd & another v Sibir Energy Plc and others [2009] 1 BCLC 298 Russian company applying for appointment of provisional liquidator in England
  • Belletti v Morici [2010] 1 All ER (Comm) 412 Section 25 CJJA 1982 and setting aside of worldwide freezing injunction when substantive proceedings underway elsewhere
  • Al-Rushaid Parker Drilling LLC v Shetty Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 and applicability of Saudi Arabian law

Littleton is familiar with taking instructions from and working in co-operation with foreign lawyers and experts, working as part of substantial teams both domestically and abroad and with the tactics required to take complex multi-jurisdictional matters to a successful conclusion.