Stephenson Harwood acts for two defendants in eight-year shipping dispute

An eight-year dispute between Mr Dmitry Skarga and Sovcomflot, in which Stephenson Harwood acted for two of the defendants, has been been brought to an end by the Supreme Court’s decision refusing Sovcomflot permission to appeal. 

Previously, Stephenson Harwood has represented Mr Skarga, in December 2010 when the original claim against Mr Skarga was dismissed by Andrew Smith J and in March 2013 when the Court of Appeal dismissed Sovcomflot’s limited appeal.

The Supreme Court has now refused Sovcomflot’s application for permission to appeal because ‘the application does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance that ought to be considered by the Supreme Court at this time bearing in mind that the case has already been the subject of judicial decision and reviewed on appeal’.

The Supreme Court ordered Sovcomflot to pay Mr Skarga’s costs of the application for permission to appeal. This decision brings a close to the case that The Times labelled as ‘the shipping trial of the century’ and TradeWinds as the ‘trial of the decade’.

Throughout this case, Stephenson Harwood acted for two of the defendants, Dmitry Skarga and Tagir Izmaylov. Mr Skarga was director-general of Russian state-owned Sovcomflot between 2000 and 2004, while Mr Izmaylov was president of its sister company Novoship between 2001 and 2005.