Knight v Axa Assurances: QBD 24 Jul 2009

The claimant was injured in a car accident in France. The defendant insurer said that the quantification of damages was to be according to French law and the calculation of interest also. The claimant said that English law applied.
Held: The assessment of damages is a procedural matter, and is governed by the law of the forum in which the case is brought. Articles 9(1)(b) and 11(2) of Brussels I (Council Regulation 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters) entitle an injured party to sue an insurer direct on matters relating to insurance, in the place where the injured party is domiciled, provided that direct action is permitted under national law. Both French and English law are potentially relevant to the award of pre-judgment interest on those damages, depending on the facts. Damages are to be assessed by reference to English Law.

Sharp J
[2009] EWHC 1900 (QB), [2009] Lloyds Rep IR 667
Brussels I (Council Regulation 44/2001, Supreme Court Act 1981 35A
England and Wales
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Personal Injury, Damages, Jurisdiction

Updated: 12 January 2022; Ref: scu.375078