Grenfell Tower Inquiry

January 31 2020

Craig Orr QC and James Petkovic are acting for one of the Core Participants involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Phase 2 of the Inquiry commenced on 27 January 2020.  Phase 1 of the Inquiry examined how the tragic fire of 14 June 2017 started and spread through the building, and how the emergency services responded.  Phase 2 is examining the underlying causes of the fire, including the...

Commercial Court discharges interim order for specific performance of oil contract and determines the application of section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996

January 31 2020

VTB Commodities Trading v Antipinsky Refinery [2020] EWHC 72 (Comm) On 31 January 2020, Lord Justice Phillips handed down judgment, discharging an interim mandatory order requiring the Defendant, Antipinsky Refinery, to supply substantial quantities of oil (worth several hundred million euros) to the Claimant, VTB. VTB obtained the mandatory order at an ex parte hearing in April 2019, and subsequently...

CJEU rules on whether lack of clarity, precision and intention to use are grounds for the invalidation of trade marks

January 29 2020

Case C‑371/18 Sky plc, Sky International AG & Sky UK Ltd v SkyKick UK Ltd & SkyKick Inc In a highly-anticipated judgment delivered this morning [EU:C:2020:45] the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled: - that an EU or UK trade mark cannot be declared invalid on the ground that terms used in the specification of the mark lack clarity and precision - that an EU or UK trade mark cannot be declared...

One Essex Court participates in the first hearing of the Netherlands Commercial Court

January 22 2020

Anna Boase QC appeared in the Netherlands Commercial Court on 21 January 2020 in the first merits hearing of this new institution, based in Amsterdam in which proceedings are conducted in English.  In a dispute involving the construction of a gas pipeline through the Black Sea and giving rise to issues of English law, Anna was instructed by Linklaters LLP on behalf of South Stream Transport BV. ...