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Commercial Disputes Weekly – Issue 2421 April 2020

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BITE SIZE KNOW HOW FROM THE ENGLISH COURTS

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Experts
The Technology and Construction Court has confirmed that experts can owe fiduciary obligations of loyalty to their client, and accordingly continued an injunction to restrain a firm from providing expert witness services in respect of an arbitration where they had been instructed by the opponent in separate but related proceedings.
A v X & Ors

"As a matter of principle, the circumstances in which an expert is retained to provide litigation or arbitration support services could give rise to a relationship of trust and confidence."A v X & Ors

Experts
Emphasising that the court should not be over-zealous in excluding expert evidence, the High Court has given permission to adduce expert evidence of foreign law in relation to an application to set aside the enforcement of an arbitration award.
Alexander Brothers Ltd (Hong Kong SAR) v Alstom Transport SA & Anr

Guarantees
Providing further helpful guidance on the correct approach to determining whether an instrument is a “see to it” guarantee or a demand bond, the Commercial Court has found that a shipbuilding guarantee given by a parent company was a “see to it” guarantee, notwithstanding the fact that it was described as an “irrevocable payment guarantee”.
Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd v Reignwood International Investment (Group) Co Ltd & Anr

Maritime
In two cases concerning the same charterparty chain and charterparty indemnity clauses, the Commercial Court has made mandatory injunctions requiring the defendants to each provide security to ensure the release of a vessel that had been arrested in Singapore following discharge of cargo without presentation of bills of lading.
Trafigura Maritime Logistics PTE Ltd v Clearlake Shipping PTE Ltd and Clearlake Chartering USA Inc & Anr v Petroleo Brasileiro SA

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