Motorola Credit Corporation v Uzan and Others: CA 26 Jun 2002

A world wide asset freezing order had been made. The defendants sought that it be set aside. Pending the hearing of their application, they sought also delay of their obligation to co-operate in providing full details of their finances.
Held: The asset freezing order remained in place. To be effective the information was needed from the defendant. Since they accepted that the order must continue, it followed that the means enquiry must also take place. Where an appeal is grounded on an alleged lack of jurisdiction to make the (disobeyed) order at all, it was generally right to hear the contemnor: ‘we bear in mind that the defendants’ appeals are essentially defensive in nature. Their stance in this jurisdiction has been one of resistance to a series of restrictive and intrusive orders sought by the claimant in foreign proceedings, rather than a voluntary invocation of the powers of the English court for their own benefit. This seems to us to bear on the proportionality of precluding them, as parties in contempt, from what would otherwise be their right of appeal against the freezing orders to which the orders for cross-examination were ancillary. In all the circumstances, we take the view that the defendants should be heard upon, and their arguments treated as addressed to, all of their appeals and applications now before us.’


Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice Waller and Lord Justice Sedley


Times 10-Jul-2002, Gazette 30-Aug-2002, [2002] EWCA Civ 989, [2002] 2 All ER (Comm) 945




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Litigation Practice, Contempt of Court

Updated: 25 September 2022; Ref: scu.174310