New Hampshire Insurance Company and others v Phillips Electronics North America Corporation: CA 16 May 1997

In the context of applications for negative declarations: ‘1. There is power to grant a negative declaration in an appropriate case, the fundamental test being whether it would be useful. 2. However, careful scrutiny will be exercised not only to test the utility, or the futility, of seeking to determine the claim by means of a negative declaration in England, but also to ensure that inappropriate forum shopping is not allowed, let alone encouraged. 3. A negative declaration will not be appropriate where it is premature or hypothetical, viz where no claim has been made or threatened against the plaintiff. 4. The existence of imminent or a fortiori current foreign proceedings is always a highly relevant consideration, not only for the purpose of testing the utility of the English claim, but also so as to having in mind the need to avoid the twin dangers of forum shopping and of the vices of concurrent proceedings.’ England was the natural forum to resolve issues of construction of a policy which fell to be determined by English law, but those issues were to be dealt with first and discretely and if resolved in one way would obviate the need for any further trial.
Phillips LJ
[1997] EWCA Civ 1727, [1998] CLC 1062
England and Wales
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Updated: 18 February 2021; Ref: scu.142123