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CJEU: Anti-Suit Injunctions can be Recognised and Enforced

Written by Dean Nicholls
15/05/2015

All those involved in the field of international arbitration will be interested in the CJEU’s decision in Case C-536/13 Gazprom concerning anti-suit injunctions.

Adopting submissions by the United Kingdom (among others) Gazprom confirms that the Turner/West Tankers line of cases, which prohibit anti-suit injunctions, is of no application to arbitral awards or decisions by Member State courts to recognise and enforce such awards.

This decision will have important implications for international arbitration practice, particularly in London-seated arbitrations where anti-suit relief is frequently sought and granted.

The full judgment can be read here.

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Dean Nicholls

As a commercial dispute resolution lawyer, I specialise in complex, high value litigation which often involves an international element. After reading law at the University of Manchester, I worked at Baker Tilly before completing my Law Society Final Examinations at the College of Law in York. My experience is wide ranging, but includes banking and finance disputes (where the claims can run into the hundreds of millions), director and shareholder disputes, international arbitrations through the LCIA and the ICC Court of Arbitration, fraud and professional negligence. Although I have extensive trial experience, I strive to resolve disputes at an early stage, to include through mediation, when possible. I often deliver seminars and recently presented to the St Petersburg Chamber of Advocates. Outside of work, I enjoy running, football, going to the cinema, playing guitar and photography.  

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