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Collins (Contractors) Ltd v Baltic Quay Management (1994) Ltd: CA 7 Dec 2004

The claimant sought payment under its invoice for construction works. The contractor gave notice of its intention to withhold payment, and then also sought to refer the matter to arbitration. The claimant said that the notice had prevented the reference, and appealed a stay pending the arbitration. Held: The appeal failed. There was nothing in … Continue reading Collins (Contractors) Ltd v Baltic Quay Management (1994) Ltd: CA 7 Dec 2004

Miller and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union: SC 24 Jan 2017

Parliament’s Approval if statute rights affected In a referendum, the people had voted to leave the European Union. That would require a notice to the Union under Article 50 TEU. The Secretary of State appealed against an order requiring Parliamentary approval before issuing the notice, he saying that the notice could be given under the … Continue reading Miller and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union: SC 24 Jan 2017

Stretford v The Football Association Ltd and Another: CA 21 Mar 2007

The claimant was a football player’s agent. The licensing scheme required disputes, including disciplinary procedures, to be referred to arbitration. He denied that the rule had been incorporated in the contract. He also complained that the Association had agreed to postpone disciplinary proceedings pending the result of other litigation between the parties. Held: The appeal … Continue reading Stretford v The Football Association Ltd and Another: CA 21 Mar 2007

Inntrepreneur Pub Company (CPC) and others v Crehan: HL 19 Jul 2006

The tenant had taken on pub leases with ties requiring him to buy beer from companies associated with the landlords. The European Commission had issued a decision and the House was asked whether this was binding on the parties. Held: Intrepreneur’s appeal was allowed. The Commission’s decision was not binding. Lord Bingham: ‘Community law prohibits … Continue reading Inntrepreneur Pub Company (CPC) and others v Crehan: HL 19 Jul 2006

International Bulk Shipping and Services Ltd v The Mineral and Metals Trading Company of India; International Bulk Shipping and Services Ltd v The President of India; Himoff Maritime Enterprises Ltd v The President of India: ComC 16 Feb 1994

cw Arbitration – award – limitation period – cause of action arising – implied promise to perform award – breach – RSC Order 15 r.6 – misjoinder and non-joinder of party – principles – RSC Order 15 r.6 – joinder of party – proceedings a nullity – no power Judges: Waller J Citations: 16 February … Continue reading International Bulk Shipping and Services Ltd v The Mineral and Metals Trading Company of India; International Bulk Shipping and Services Ltd v The President of India; Himoff Maritime Enterprises Ltd v The President of India: ComC 16 Feb 1994

Aoot Kalmneft v Glencore International AG and Another: QBD 27 Jul 2001

When asking whether the time for appeal against an arbitrator’s award should be extended, the court should look at several circumstances, including the length of the delay; whether the party was acting reasonably in all the circumstances in delaying; whether the other party had contributed to the delay; whether other party would suffer irremediable prejudice … Continue reading Aoot Kalmneft v Glencore International AG and Another: QBD 27 Jul 2001

Attica Sea Carriers Corporation v Ferrostaal Poseidon Bulk Reederei GmbH, The Puerto Buitrago: CA 1976

The parties entered into a charterparty by demise of a bulk carrier. It was in a state of disrepair. The owners required the charterers to repair it before redelivery, and claimed hire losses until it was returned repaired. The extensive repairs required would have cost far more than the repaired value of the vessel. Mocatta … Continue reading Attica Sea Carriers Corporation v Ferrostaal Poseidon Bulk Reederei GmbH, The Puerto Buitrago: CA 1976

Owners of the cargo lately laden on board the ship or vessel “ELPIS” v Owners of the ship or vessel “ELPIS”: AdCt 17 Oct 1997

ComC Arbitration – letter of undertaking – Arbitration section (14) of the Arbitration Act 1996 – Appeal from Admiralty Registrar – Cargo claim – application to add Plaintiff – were Defendants entitled to a stay or was the Arbitration Agreement inoperative because of the terms of a letter of undertaking? – was the expression ‘owners … Continue reading Owners of the cargo lately laden on board the ship or vessel “ELPIS” v Owners of the ship or vessel “ELPIS”: AdCt 17 Oct 1997

Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Detlev von Appen GmbH v Voest Alpine Intertrading GmbH (‘The Jay Bola’): CA 1997

The insurance company claimant had insured a cargo under a voyage charter made by the defendant as charterer with the claimant as time charterer and disponent owner of the vessel. The charter had an arbitration clause. The cargo was damaged in a fire and steps taken to extinguish it. The insurers began proceedings in Brazil … Continue reading Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Detlev von Appen GmbH v Voest Alpine Intertrading GmbH (‘The Jay Bola’): CA 1997

Bouygues (Uk) Ltd v Dahl-Jensen (Uk) Ltd (In Liquidation): CA 17 Aug 2000

When the decision of an adjudicator was challenged, the court should ask whether the adjudicator had either asked the right question but in the wrong way, or whether he had even answered the wrong question. The procedure was intended to provide a quick and summary disposal, but that procedure might not be appropriate in cases … Continue reading Bouygues (Uk) Ltd v Dahl-Jensen (Uk) Ltd (In Liquidation): CA 17 Aug 2000

Westminster City Council v Great Portland Estates plc: HL 31 Oct 1984

The House was asked whether the 1971 Act permitted the relevant authorities, by resort to their development plans, to support the retention of traditional industries or was the ambit of the Act such as to permit only ‘land use’ aims to be pursued? The court considered also the relevance of personal considerations in planning matters. … Continue reading Westminster City Council v Great Portland Estates plc: HL 31 Oct 1984

Philip Alexander Securities and Futures Ltd v Bamberger and Others: CA 22 Jul 1996

Citations: Times 22-Jul-1996, [1997] Eu LR 63, [1996] CLC 1757 Statutes: Consumer Arbitration Agreements Act 1988 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appeal from (Affirmed) – Philip Alexander Securities and Futures Ltd v Bamberger and Others ComC 8-May-1996 ComC Consumer contracts – arbitration provision – Consumer Arbitration Agreements Act 1988 – exceptions – sections 2(b), 4 … Continue reading Philip Alexander Securities and Futures Ltd v Bamberger and Others: CA 22 Jul 1996

Philip Alexander Securities and Futures Ltd v Bamberger and Others: ComC 8 May 1996

ComC Consumer contracts – arbitration provision – Consumer Arbitration Agreements Act 1988 – exceptions – sections 2(b), 4 : European Union – Consumer contracts – arbitration provision – Consumer Arbitration Agreements Act 1988 – exceptions – section 2(a) – distinction between domestic and non-domestic consumers – discrimination – Article 6 EC – freedom to provide … Continue reading Philip Alexander Securities and Futures Ltd v Bamberger and Others: ComC 8 May 1996

Aiden Shipping Co Ltd v Interbulk Ltd (The “Vimeira”): HL 1986

Wide Application of Costs Against Third Party A claim had been made against charterers by the ship owners, and in turn by the charterers against their sub-charterers. Notice of motion were issued after arbitration awards were not accepted. When heard, costs awards were made, which were now appealed. Held: The appeals were allowed. The court’s … Continue reading Aiden Shipping Co Ltd v Interbulk Ltd (The “Vimeira”): HL 1986

West of England Shipowners Mutual Insurance Association (Luxembourg) v Cristal Ltd: CA 1996

A contract had been set up to provide compensation for oil pollution losses. It was between oil companies who contributed to the fund and its administrators, Cristalwho was to ‘be the sole judge in accordance with these terms of the validity of any claim made hereunder’. The claimant association made a claim which Cristal rejected. … Continue reading West of England Shipowners Mutual Insurance Association (Luxembourg) v Cristal Ltd: CA 1996

Murphy, and Murphy v Young and Co’s Brewery Plc, Sun Alliance and London Insurance Plc: CA 20 Nov 1996

When an unsuccessful party has had its legal costs funded under legal expenses insurance, should the insurer be held liable to pay the successful party’s costs? The insurer had not instigated the litigation, nor controlled it, and could not be accused of ‘wanton and officious intermeddling’. The insurance was general and did not relate to … Continue reading Murphy, and Murphy v Young and Co’s Brewery Plc, Sun Alliance and London Insurance Plc: CA 20 Nov 1996

Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ: SC 30 Oct 2019

Challenge to the making of a non-party costs order under section 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 against the product liability insurer of one of the defendants in litigation being managed under a Group Litigation Order (‘GLO’). Many of the claimants in the successful action were not insured, and Travelers, the defendant’s insurers resisted … Continue reading Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ: SC 30 Oct 2019

Nordstrom-Janzon v The Netherlands: ECHR 1996

The parties had settled an earlier dispute under a joint venture agreement on terms which included a provision that disputes between them should not be settled by the ordinary courts but by a special arbitration procedure. The arbitrators rejected all the claims advanced by the applicants. The applicants challenged the award in the Dutch courts … Continue reading Nordstrom-Janzon v The Netherlands: ECHR 1996

India Steamship Co Ltd v Arab Potash Co Ltd: ComC 12 Dec 1997

Arbitration Act 1996, Section 69(3)(d): when is it just and proper in all the circumstances for the court to determine a question raised on an application for leave to appeal; issue of construction in a one-off charterparty clause where pre-existing judicial authority as to proper construction of similar wording Judges: Colman J Citations: Unreported, 12 … Continue reading India Steamship Co Ltd v Arab Potash Co Ltd: ComC 12 Dec 1997

Kye Gbangbola and Lisa Lewis v Smith Sherriff Limited: TCC 20 Mar 1998

‘A tribunal does not act fairly and impartially if it does not give a party an opportunity of dealing with arguments which have not been advanced by either party’. Judges: His Honour Judge Humphrey Lloyd Qc Citations: [1998] 3 All ER 730 Statutes: Arbitration Act 1996 68 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – … Continue reading Kye Gbangbola and Lisa Lewis v Smith Sherriff Limited: TCC 20 Mar 1998

Revenue and Customs v Frank A Smart and Son Ltd: SC 29 Jul 2019

The question was whether a taxpayer can deduct as input tax the VAT which it has incurred in purchasing entitlements to an EU farm subsidy, the Single Farm Payment. The taxpayer had used those entitlements to annual subsidies over several years and intended to use money resulting from the receipt of those subsidies to fund … Continue reading Revenue and Customs v Frank A Smart and Son Ltd: SC 29 Jul 2019

Seabridge Shipping AB v AC Orssleff’s EFtF’s A/S: QBD 1999

The court discussed the policies underlying the 1996 Act: ‘One of the major purposes of the Arbitration Act 1996 was to set out most of the important principles of the law of arbitration of England and Wales in a logical order and expressed in a language sufficiently clear and free from technicalities to be readily … Continue reading Seabridge Shipping AB v AC Orssleff’s EFtF’s A/S: QBD 1999

McNicholas Plc v AEI Cables Limited: TCC 25 May 1999

The claimant had subcontracted to supply cabling on the defendant’s project. The contract provided both for the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts but also for arbitration. The defendant applied for the action to be stayed and referred to arbitration. The claimant said the clause was ineffective being uncertain within s9 of the 1996 Act, … Continue reading McNicholas Plc v AEI Cables Limited: TCC 25 May 1999

Vosnoc Ltd v Transglobal Projects Ltd: QBD 27 Aug 1997

A mere statement that a dispute was to be referred to arbitration, or a notice requiring a reference to arbitration, was not enough to constitute a reference to or commencement of an arbitration. Citations: Gazette 10-Sep-1997, Times 27-Aug-1997 Statutes: Arbitration Act 1996 12(3), Limitation Act 1980 34(3)(a) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Arbitration, Limitation Updated: 10 … Continue reading Vosnoc Ltd v Transglobal Projects Ltd: QBD 27 Aug 1997

Minmetals Germany Gmbh v Ferco Steel Ltd: ComC 1 Mar 1999

A party accepting arbitration within one country took also that country’s system for supervising the process of arbitration, and enforcing any awards made. ComC 1. Application of section 103(2)(c) Arbitration Act 1996. Applicant’s submission that it had no opportunity to meet the claim against it in the course of the arbitration. Enforcement must have been … Continue reading Minmetals Germany Gmbh v Ferco Steel Ltd: ComC 1 Mar 1999

Halki Shipping Corporation v Sopex Oils Ltd, The Halki: QBD 16 Jul 1997

The rule that an arbitrator decided all matters arising from a contract was not changed by the change in wording in the new Act. Provisions in new Arbitration Act severely limit choice of alternative forum where arbitration clause in place. Citations: Gazette 16-Jul-1997, Times 13-Oct-1997, [1998] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 465 Statutes: Arbitration Act 1996 9(4) … Continue reading Halki Shipping Corporation v Sopex Oils Ltd, The Halki: QBD 16 Jul 1997

Georgiou and Another v Commissioners of Customs and Excise: QBD 19 Oct 1995

The VAT tribunal may assess whether the Commissioner had acted on the basis of his best judgment. Evans LJ discussed appeals on fact disguised as appeals on law: ‘There is a well-recognised need for caution in permitting challenges to findings of fact on the ground that they raise this kind of question of law. That … Continue reading Georgiou and Another v Commissioners of Customs and Excise: QBD 19 Oct 1995

Smyth-Tyrrell and Another v Sowden: ChD 14 Jul 2017

Landlord’s application in their claim under the 1996 Act to challenge a final award in an arbitration against their tenant concerning notices, two to remedy, and two to quit, two holdings. Judges: Paul Matthews HHJ Citations: [2017] EWHC 2331 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: Arbitration Act 1996, Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Landlord … Continue reading Smyth-Tyrrell and Another v Sowden: ChD 14 Jul 2017

Eastern European Engineering Ltd v Vijay Construction (Proprietary) Ltd: ComC 11 Apr 2017

Two applications by the claimant, which by these proceedings seeks to enforce under the New York Convention and s.101 of the Arbitration Act 1996 an arbitration award dated 14 November 2014 in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris. Judges: Andrew Baker J Citations: [2017] EWHC 797 (Comm), [2017] WLR(D) 267 Links: Bailii, WLRD Jurisdiction: England … Continue reading Eastern European Engineering Ltd v Vijay Construction (Proprietary) Ltd: ComC 11 Apr 2017

Symbion Power Llc v Venco Imtiaz Construction Company: TCC 10 Mar 2017

Application under s. 68(2)(d) of the Arbitration Act 1996 in which the Claimant alleges serious irregularity in the Award of an arbitral tribunal because the tribunal failed to deal with all the issues that were put it. Judges: Jefford J Citations: [2017] EWHC 348 (TCC) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Arbitration Updated: 23 March … Continue reading Symbion Power Llc v Venco Imtiaz Construction Company: TCC 10 Mar 2017

AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier and Others: SC 1 Mar 2017

AMT entered into many financial services agreements providing for exclusive EW jurisdiction. It now sought to restrain the defendant German lawyers from encouraging litigation in Germany saying that induced breaches of the contracts. It also sought as damages the costs incurred in the German litigation. The defendant asserted lack of jurisdiction saying that the alleged … Continue reading AMT Futures Ltd v Marzillier and Others: SC 1 Mar 2017

A v A (Arbitration: Guidance): FD 9 Jul 2021

Enforcement of registration of result of family law arbitration. Judges: Mr Justice Mostyn Citations: [2021] EWHC 1889 (Fam), [2021] WLR(D) 388, [2021] 1 WLR 5393 Links: Bailii, WLRD Statutes: Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 25, Arbitration Act 1996 68 69 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Family Updated: 30 January 2022; Ref: scu.665991

Arcadia Group Ltd and Others v Telegraph Media Group Ltd: QBD 8 Feb 2019

Claimant’s application for leave to withdraw request for injunction to prevent publication of stories regarding matters subject to non-disclosure agreements. Held: Granted. An junction had been granted, but Lord Hain had disclosed protected name in the House of Lords under the cover of parliamentary privilege. Warby J [2019] EWHC 223 (QB) Bailii England and Wales … Continue reading Arcadia Group Ltd and Others v Telegraph Media Group Ltd: QBD 8 Feb 2019

Transgrain Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Yangtze Navigation (Hong Kong) Co Ltd and Another: ComC 7 Dec 2016

Appeal from an arbitration award concerning the true construction of clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement 1996 (‘the ICA’). Specifically, the issue is whether the term ‘act’ in the phrase ‘act or neglect’ means a culpable act in the sense of fault or whether it means any act, whether culpable or not. [2016] EWHC 3132 … Continue reading Transgrain Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Yangtze Navigation (Hong Kong) Co Ltd and Another: ComC 7 Dec 2016

Parry v Cleaver: HL 5 Feb 1969

PI Damages not Reduced for Own Pension The plaintiff policeman was disabled by the negligence of the defendant and received a disablement pension. Part had been contributed by himself and part by his employer. Held: The plaintiff’s appeal succeeded. Damages for personal injury were not to be reduced by deducting the full net value of … Continue reading Parry v Cleaver: HL 5 Feb 1969

Sankofa and Another v The Football Association Ltd: ComC 12 Jan 2007

The claimant sought an injunction to order the defendant football association from preventing him playing on a football match. He had been sent off and was subject to an automatic additional one match ban. He sought to exercise a right under the procedure to challenge the decision. Held: The procedure was intended to be speedy … Continue reading Sankofa and Another v The Football Association Ltd: ComC 12 Jan 2007

Hunter v Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police: HL 19 Nov 1981

No collateral attack on Jury findigs. An attempt was made to open up in a civil action, allegations of assaults by the police prior to the making of confessions which had been disposed of in a voir dire in the course of a criminal trial. The plaintiffs had imprisoned having spent many years after conviction … Continue reading Hunter v Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police: HL 19 Nov 1981

LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others: SC 17 May 2017

In the course of the insolvent administration of the bank, substantial additional sums were received. Parties appealed against some orders made on the application to court for directions as to what was to be done with the surplus. Held: The Court considered the so called waterfall of distributions made on liquidation which proved to be … Continue reading LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others: SC 17 May 2017

A v B: ComC 9 Jul 2015

Challenge to arbitration award – made without jurisdiction. Held: Rejected. Mr. A signed the 2008 Agreement. Article 2.10 of that agreement contained an arbitration clause which bound Mr. A and conferred jurisdiction on the LCIA tribunal. The application under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 must therefore be dismissed. Teare J [2015] EWHC 1944 … Continue reading A v B: ComC 9 Jul 2015

Aspect Contracts (Asbetos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: SC 17 Jun 2015

Aspect had claimed the return of funds paid by it to the appellant Higgins under an adjudication award in a construction contract disute. The claimant had been asked to prpare asbestos surveys and reports on maisonettes which Higgins was to acquire and redevlop. Higgins now appealed againt a decision overturning a high court judgment in … Continue reading Aspect Contracts (Asbetos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: SC 17 Jun 2015

Occidental Exploration and Production Company vRepublic of Ecuador: CA 9 Sep 2005

The parties had arbitrated their dispute in London under a bilateral investment treaty between the US and Ecuador. The republic sought to appeal the arbitration. The applicant now appealed an order that the English High Court had jurisdiction to hear the appeal. Held: The appeal was dismissed. The treaty was intended to encourage bilateral trading … Continue reading Occidental Exploration and Production Company vRepublic of Ecuador: CA 9 Sep 2005

Mannai Investment Co Ltd v Eagle Star Assurance: HL 21 May 1997

Minor Irregularity in Break Notice Not Fatal Leases contained clauses allowing the tenant to break the lease by serving not less than six months notice to expire on the third anniversary of the commencement date of the term of the lease. The tenant gave notice to determine the leases on 12th January 1995, although the … Continue reading Mannai Investment Co Ltd v Eagle Star Assurance: HL 21 May 1997

Regina v Cripps; Ex parte Muldoon: CA 1984

The Elections Commissioner had sought, some time after his order on a petition, to clarify the order from costs. Held: The Commissioner, and in turn Keith J, had been wrong to consider themselves not bound by Muldoon. What Mr Cripps (the Commissioner) had purported to do went far beyond what the slip rule permitted so … Continue reading Regina v Cripps; Ex parte Muldoon: CA 1984

British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co v Underground Electric Railways Co (London) Limited: HL 1912

The plaintiffs purchased eight steam turbines from the defendants. They later proved defective, and the plaintiffs sought damages. In the meantime they purchased replacements, more effective than the original specifications. In the result the railway company obtained benefits over and above their contractual entitlement. The arbitrator stated a special case as to whether the plaintiffs … Continue reading British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co v Underground Electric Railways Co (London) Limited: HL 1912

Birse Construction Limited v St David Limited: TCC 12 Feb 1999

There are four approaches to deciding whether an arbitration agreement exists to which section 9 applies:- (1) to determine on the evidence before the court that such an agreement does exist in which case (if the disputes fall within the terms of that agreement) a stay must be granted, in the light of the mandatory … Continue reading Birse Construction Limited v St David Limited: TCC 12 Feb 1999

Guidance Investments Ltd v Guidance Hotel Investment Company Bsc: ComC 7 Nov 2013

Application by the Claimant for a stay of part of the Defendant’s Counterclaim under section 9 of the 1996 Act and/or pursuant to the court’s inherent jurisdiction on the grounds that it relates to matters covered by an arbitration clause. In addition the Claimant seeks an order that the Defendant be debarred from relying on … Continue reading Guidance Investments Ltd v Guidance Hotel Investment Company Bsc: ComC 7 Nov 2013

Dallah Estates and Tourism Holding Company v Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government Of Pakistan: CA 20 Jul 2009

The claimant sought to enforce an international arbitration award against the defendant in respect of the provision of accommodation for Hajj pilgrims. A without notice order had been made to allow its enforcement, but that had been set aside. Held: When asked to review an arbitration award made internationally under the Convention, it was important … Continue reading Dallah Estates and Tourism Holding Company v Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government Of Pakistan: CA 20 Jul 2009

S Ltd v C Ltd: ComC 27 Feb 2009

Defamation allegation not subject to arbitration The parties had an agreement referring disputes between them to arbitration. One party raised an allegation of defamation, but the arbitrator refused jurisdiction. The parties had chosen the London Metal Exchange for its expertise in metals trading, not defamation. Held: The choice of the LME did indicate the intention … Continue reading S Ltd v C Ltd: ComC 27 Feb 2009

Stocznia Gdynia Sa v Gearbulk Holdings Ltd: CA 13 Feb 2009

Orders were placed for the construction of ships. They were not delivered. The buyer, the defendant, cancelled the orders. The defendants sought the loss of profit. The claimants said they were entitled only to the repayment of instalments. The arbitrator found in favour of the purchaser. The yard appealed successfully. The purchaser now appealed in … Continue reading Stocznia Gdynia Sa v Gearbulk Holdings Ltd: CA 13 Feb 2009

Lexington Insurance Co v AGF Insurance Ltd: HL 30 Jul 2009

The respondent insurers had been held liable in Washington, and had been granted indemnity against the appellants by the Court of Appeal. The insurance contract had been under the law of Pennsylvania, but that of the re-insurance under the law of England and Wales. Held: The claimant’s appeal succeeded. The re-insurance contract was governed by … Continue reading Lexington Insurance Co v AGF Insurance Ltd: HL 30 Jul 2009

Di Placito v Slater and others: CA 19 Dec 2003

The parties had earlier compromised their dispute, with the claimant undertaking not to lodge any further claim unless he did so within a certain time. They now sought to commence action. Held: When considering whether to discharge such an undertaking the court should ask: ‘whether it would be just to deprive the respondent of the … Continue reading Di Placito v Slater and others: CA 19 Dec 2003

Pratt v Aigaion Insurance Company SA (‘the Resolute’): CA 27 Nov 2008

The court considered the interpretation of a term in a contract of insurance to the effect that ‘Warranted Owner and/or Owner’s experienced skipper on board and in charge at all times and one experienced crew member.’, asking whether ‘at all times’ meant 24 hours a day. Held: The owner’s appeal succeeded. If underwriters wish to … Continue reading Pratt v Aigaion Insurance Company SA (‘the Resolute’): CA 27 Nov 2008

Jivraj v Hashwani: SC 27 Jul 2011

The parties had a joint venture agreement which provided that any dispute was to be referred to an arbitrator from the Ismaili community. The claimant said that this method of appointment became void as a discriminatory provision under the 2003 Regulations. The High Court found the appointment to be outwith the provisions, but this was … Continue reading Jivraj v Hashwani: SC 27 Jul 2011

National Ability Sa v Tinna Oils and Chemicals Ltd: CA 11 Dec 2009

Implied promise to pay arbitral award The parties disputed how limitation affects the enforcement of an arbitration award. More than six years had passed since the award had been made, and the defendant said it was out of time. Held: A party can enforce an award either by ordinary action as an action founded upon … Continue reading National Ability Sa v Tinna Oils and Chemicals Ltd: CA 11 Dec 2009

Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society: HL 19 Jun 1997

Account taken of circumstances wihout ambiguity The respondent gave advice on home income plans. The individual claimants had assigned their initial claims to the scheme, but later sought also to have their mortgages in favour of the respondent set aside. Held: Investors having once assigned their causes of action to the ICS, could not later … Continue reading Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society: HL 19 Jun 1997

Regina v Immigration Officer at Prague Airport and another, ex parte European Roma Rights Centre and others: HL 9 Dec 2004

Extension oh Human Rights Beyond Borders The appellants complained that the system set up by the respondent where Home Office officers were placed in Prague airport to pre-vet applicants for asylum from Romania were dsicriminatory in that substantially more gypsies were refused entry than others, and that it was contrary to the obligations of the … Continue reading Regina v Immigration Officer at Prague Airport and another, ex parte European Roma Rights Centre and others: HL 9 Dec 2004

Allen Wilson Joinery Ltd v Privetgrange Construction Ltd: TCC 17 Nov 2008

The claimant sought summary judgment to enforce an arbitration award in a construction dispute. The defendants argued that the contract was not sufficiently evidenced in writing to accord with the 1996 Act. The claimants replied that any oral variations were trivial. Held: Akenhead J set out the requirements for writing as follows: ‘(a) For there … Continue reading Allen Wilson Joinery Ltd v Privetgrange Construction Ltd: TCC 17 Nov 2008

Premium Nafta Products Ltd (20th Defendant) and others v Fili Shipping Company Ltd and others; Fiona Trust and Holding Corporation v Privalov: HL 17 Oct 2007

The owners of a ship sought to rescind charters saying that they had been procured by bribery. Held: A claim to rescind a contract by reason of bribery fell within the scope of an arbitration clause under which the parties had agreed to refer to arbitration ‘any dispute arising under this charter’. The issue of … Continue reading Premium Nafta Products Ltd (20th Defendant) and others v Fili Shipping Company Ltd and others; Fiona Trust and Holding Corporation v Privalov: HL 17 Oct 2007

PST Energy 7 Shipping Llc and Another v OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another: SC 11 May 2016

Parties had entered into a bunker supply contract which contained a retention of title clause in favour of the supplier. It purported to allow the buyer to use the goods before title came to be passed. Held: The owner’s appeal failed. It did not fall within the scope of the 1979 Act, and therefore the … Continue reading PST Energy 7 Shipping Llc and Another v OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another: SC 11 May 2016

Yorkshire Dale Steamship Co Ltd v Minister of War Transport: HL 1942

Treatment of Merchant as War Vessel The House considered when a merchant vessel may be treated on the same footing as a war vessel and be deemed to be engaged on a warlike operation. Held: This depended on the nature of the cargo and the voyage: ‘She was then in the act of proceeding in … Continue reading Yorkshire Dale Steamship Co Ltd v Minister of War Transport: HL 1942

Kleinwort Benson Ltd v Lincoln City Council etc: HL 29 Jul 1998

Right of Recovery of Money Paid under Mistake Kleinwort Benson had made payments to a local authority under swap agreements which were thought to be legally enforceable when made. Subsequently, a decision of the House of Lords, (Hazell v. Hammersmith and Fulham) established that such swap agreements were unlawful. Kleinwort Benson then sought restitution of … Continue reading Kleinwort Benson Ltd v Lincoln City Council etc: HL 29 Jul 1998

Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: TCC 23 May 2013

The claimants had been engaged to provide an asbestos survey. An arbitration claim had gone against them and they appealed. Akenhead J [2013] EWHC 1322 (TCC), [2013] WLR(D) 211 Bailii, WLRD Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 108(5), Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998 Cited by: Appeal from – Aspect Contracts … Continue reading Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: TCC 23 May 2013