S&B: Top tier Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property practices
In the latest Legal 500 directory, S&B has once again been ranked as a top tier commercial litigation practice in the South and a top tier IP practice. The firm was ranked in 22 practice areas across the firm with a number of lawyers identified as leading individuals.
Injunctions obtained in England, Poland and Cyprus
Partner Sarah Murray, Senior Associate Paula Harris and Associate Hannah Lunn, along with colleagues at Polish and Cyprus law firms, successfully obtained injunctions in all three jurisdictions arising out of a dispute concerning a €10 million industrial plant in Poland. The majority of the shares in the company owning the plant were subject to a declaration of trust subject to English law.
Successful defence of Worldwide Freezing Injunction
Partners David Steinburg and Andrew Quick, Senior Associate Catherine Penny and Associate Katrina Walter have been kept busy in recent weeks defending applications for a worldwide freezing injunction against an international mining entrepreneur. The claim concerns his interests including mines in West Africa and has a value of US $75 million.
We successfully defended the final applications which were dealt with at three different hearings before three different judges in the High Court. One relatively novel application was for information about assets as a standalone application prior to seeking a freezing injunction.
As well as the High Court proceedings, our opponent is also pursuing an LCIA arbitration against a related party. The Commercial Court applications included seeking the Court's assistance with the arbitration pursuant to section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996. That application was also successfully resisted. The decision was significant as the Court had to consider the interplay between the emergency arbitration procedures under the LCIA rules and applications to Court for relief. The case has received widespread publicity in the legal press.
Partner Michael Frisby and Associate James Evison were in Brussels for the final hearing of a claim in an international arbitration under LCIA rules. Our client, an international pharmaceutical manufacturer, succeeded in its claim against a Portuguese counter party for rectification of a contract and monies due under the agreement. S&B acted throughout the matter and undertook the advocacy.
Shortlisted for UK Law Firm of the year - British Legal Awards
S&B has been shortlisted for UK Law Firm of the year at the British Legal Awards for the third year in a row. Last year we were runners up in this category and highly commended. This year's winners will be announced at a black tie dinner in London in late November.
S&B Head of Aviation Chairs The BACA Excellence Awards 2016
As chair of the Baltic Air Charter Association partner Richard Mumford chose the winners of this year's Chairman's Award and the Young Person of the Year Award at BACA's annual Excellence Awards at the Great Hall in London's Guildhall on 19 October. The event saw around 400 of BACA's guests from across the aviation industry gather for the prestigious awards ceremony. Further information is available here.