Cherney v Deripaska: ComC 3 Jul 2008

Renewed application for leave to serve proceedings out of jurisdiction. The court considered a submission that a fair trial would not be possible in Russia: ‘An English court will approach with considerable circumspection any contention that a potential claimant cannot obtain justice or a fair hearing in a foreign court and will require ‘positive and cogent’ evidence to persuade it to the contrary: The Abidin Daver [1984] AC 398, 411c. Assertions to that effect are relatively easily made by generalised statements and may be difficult comprehensively to refute. I further accept that research of Russian law may suffer from what Professor Stephan describes as an ‘echo chamber effect’ where one commentator states an impression which is swapped with the impression of another commentator, each citing the other as authority supporting their own thesis without any systematic study of data. It is, however, right to have some regard to any consensus of academic opinion, based on research and personal familiarity, particularly when backed by specific instances . . or determinations of the ECHR or other courts.
In the absence of cogent evidence to the contrary the Court will start with the working assumption, for which comity calls, that courts in other judicial systems will seek to do justice in accordance with applicable laws, and will be free from improper interference or restriction. As this case indicates, where there is evidence to the contrary it may be hotly in dispute and difficult to evaluate. Such evidence is likely, insofar as it derives from reports and articles, to consist of ‘broad and conclusory allegations, founded on multiple levels of hearsay’ and, if so, to be unacceptable as an indictment of a legal system or part of it . . .But the Court is not blind to the fact that unfairness or partiality may arise from that which occurs behind the scenes rather than centre stage.’
Christopher Clarke J
[2008] EWHC 1530 (Comm), [2009] 1 All ER (Comm) 333
CitedThe Abidin Daver HL 1984
The House considered the application of the doctrine of forum conveniens.
Held: A stay of an English action on the ground of forum non conveniens could be resisted on the ground that justice could not be obtained in the otherwise more . .

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Appeal FromDeripaska v Cherney CA 31-Jul-2009
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Updated: 08 February 2021; Ref: scu.270635