What Happens in England, Stays In England?


In the decision In the matter of “The Alexandros T”, the UK Supreme Court restricted the application of Articles 27 and 28 of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 in a long-running insurance dispute involving multiple proceedings – first in the English, then Greek, then English courts.

Note: This article discusses the Supreme Court's view on a Court of Appeal decision which In Practice reported in our April 2013 edition — Starlight Shipping Co. v. Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs AG & ors.

What will the decision mean?

The ruling means that proceedings in a foreign EU Member State will not prevent the English Court hearing claims that the foreign proceedings were brought in breach of a settlement of prior English proceedings.

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