Court of Appeal dismisses the appeal in Vale v Steinmetz

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Vale SA & Ors v Steinmetz & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1087, dismissing the appeal brought by the Seventh and Eighth Defendants (“Balda” and “Nysco”). The appeal concerned two novel points of law, which Balda and Nysco submitted should be summarily determined in their favour.

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Supreme Court hands down judgments in General Dynamics v Libya

On 25 June 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd v State of Libya [2021] UKSC 22. The Court divided 3:2 on the issue of whether diplomatic service of proceedings under section 12(1) of the State Immunity Act 1978 (the “SIA”) was required in proceedings to enforce arbitral awards, even where such service would be impossible or unduly difficult.

Claim for £25m dismissed due to material non-disclosure on an ex parte application

In Formal Holdings Ltd, Fihag Finanz Und Handels Aktiengesellschaft v Frankland Assets Inc and others [2021] EWHC 1415 (Comm), the High Court dismissed debt and restitutionary claims for over £25 million after finding that there had been material non-disclosure by the Claimants on an ex parte application to extend the validity of the claim form.

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