Stribog Ltd v FKI Engineering Ltd: CA 25 May 2011

The defendants sought a stay of the proceedings on the ground that there were related actions already in existence in Germany.
Held: Rix LJ said:
As to article 27, Rix LJ said: ‘where the ‘same cause of action’ or the ‘same parties’ are introduced only by way of service, or amendment, the relevant proceedings are only ‘brought’ at the time of such service or amendment, not at the time of institution of the original, unamended, proceedings . . It is possible that the introduction of entirely new causes of action or parties is to be recognised as the bringing of entirely new proceedings, so that the timing of seisin . . has to be looked at from that point of view, as occurs for the purposes of Article 27.’
. . And ‘Even so, it is not clear to me that in this connection article 27 and article 28 work in the same way: for article 27 is worded in terms of the bringing of actions with the same parties and the same cause of action . . whereas Article 28 is worded in terms of the pendency of related actions . . That emphasises that the article 28 question is asked with relation to pending actions, and not, as the article 27 question is asked, with relation to the bringing of actions. In any event, the judge is . . mistaken to think that any amendment is analogous to the bringing of new causes of action or the addition or substitution of new parties.’
Mummery, Rix, Wilson LJJ
[2011] EWCA Civ 622, [2011] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 387
England and Wales
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Updated: 12 March 2021; Ref: scu.440186