On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the Court of Appeal (Moore-Bick, Longmore and Macfarlane LJJ) handed down judgment in Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) v Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat Ve Ticaret AS (The “Yusuf Cepnioglu”)  EWCA Civ 386.
Led by David Lewis QC also at 20 Essex Street, I appeared for the appellant charterers (the “Charterers”) against whom an anti-suit injunction had been ordered, first by Cooke J (ex parte) and then maintained by Teare J at the return date ( EWHC 258 (Comm),  1 All ER (Comm) 966).
The decision gives a clear signal that the English courts will fiercely protect against the infringement of a party’s English law rights – even to the detriment of comity (which the court held was not a relevant consideration). Thus, recognising its two previous decisions in The Hari Bhum  1 All ER Comm (715) and The Jay Bola  2 Lloyd’s Rep 279 were irreconcilable, the Court preferred the latter. Continue reading