We are proud to see several members of Twenty Essex featured in The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 cases’ for 2024.
The $750 million case of Czech Republic v Diag Human and Josef Stava has been ‘decades in the making’. Philip Riches KC, Guglielmo Verdirame KC, Sam Goodman and Jonathan Ketcheson are acting for the defendants; instructed by Mishcon de Reya.
The answer to the question of who invented Bitcoin in 2008 is expected to come to light in the trial of Crypto Open Patent Alliance v Dr Craig Steven Wright next month. Richard Greenberg is acting for the claimant/defendant, Dr Wright; instructed by Shoosmiths.
The largest set of claims in this list centres on multiple insurance disputes over foreign aircraft stuck in Russia. Charles Kimmins KC and Susannah Jones will be defending Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe; instructed by Kennedys Singapore and Shoosmiths. Christopher Hancock KC will be defending HAR insurers (Global Aerospace Underwriting); instructed by Weightmans.
Duncan Matthews KC features in The Lawyer‘s ‘Top 10 appeals’ for 2024.
Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding) and others v Filipe Nyusi is a very high-profile appeal. Privinvest’s appeal concerns the question of whether President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique is entitled to assert sovereign immunity to challenge the Court’s jurisdiction, which the Commercial Court believed he was. The Court of Appeal will also consider an appeal on whether President Nyusi was validly served with proceedings in 2021 and so was out of time to contest jurisdiction in 2023.
Duncan acts for the appellant/applicant Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL, instructed by Tom Snelling at Signature Litigation.