Evialis S A v SIAT and others: ComC 16 Apr 2003

The defendant insurers had issued a certificate in respect of a cargo of cotton pellets which were the subject of a cif sale and had been damaged in the course of a voyage between Abidjan and Rouen. In June 2002 the insurers brought proceedings in Italy against the buyer who was a party to the contract of insurance contained in the certificate claiming that the buyer’s claim was time barred and that the damage was caused by inherent vice. In October 2002 the buyer brought proceedings in England claiming an indemnity in respect of the cargo damage and also that the contract contained an exclusive jurisdiction clause which required the matter to be decided in England or at least entitled the buyer to sue the insurers in England. The insurers applied to the English court for a determination that the English court did not have jurisdiction or alternatively for a stay pursuant to what was then Article 21 of the Brussels Convention.
Held: The English court did have jurisdiction (although not exclusive jurisdiction) but a stay was granted because the central or essential issue was whether the insurers were liable for cargo damage and that was the same both in Italy and in England.


Andrew Smith J


[2003] EWHC 863 (Comm), [2003] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 377, [2003] 2 LLR 377, [2003] ILPr 43, [2003] 2 CLC 802




Brussels Convention 21


England and Wales

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Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.182608