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  1. 1. John Dunt, Consultant, Clyde & Co LLP Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Maritime Law, Southampton University Why English Law Rules the Waves ? 18 March 2010
  2. 2. The Strengths of English Law <ul><li>The Commercial Court </li></ul><ul><li>The Common Law </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure (e.g., discovery) </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Commercial Court <ul><li>The Problem, to quote Samuel Pepys: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ terms such as the judge could not understand” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial Court established 1895 by Mathew J </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streamlined procedure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialised lawyers and judges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lords Denning, Donaldson and Diplock </li></ul>
  4. 4. Admiralty - Arbitration <ul><li>The Admiralty Court </li></ul><ul><li>London Arbitration (LMAA) </li></ul><ul><li>400 Awards; 45 arbitrators </li></ul><ul><li>Core group of full time specialist arbitrators </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Common Law <ul><li>Lord Mansfield, 1756, Chief Justice for 32 years </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist juries of “knowing and considerable merchants” </li></ul><ul><li>The meaning of words – e.g., “proximate” </li></ul><ul><li>Long-standing system of precedent – e.g., pirates </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pirates Hicks v Palington ( 1590) Masefield v Amlin (2010)
  7. 7. Practice and Procedure <ul><li>Discovery – all relevant documents disclosed </li></ul><ul><li>Experts – employed by parties but duty to the Court </li></ul><ul><li>Juries – not now used in commercial cases </li></ul>
  8. 8. Future Developments <ul><li>The problems of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delay </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The new Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><li>The increasing role of European Law </li></ul><ul><li>England: still a good place to litigate commercial cases </li></ul>
  9. 9. Clyde & Co LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales. Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. © Clyde & Co LLP 2010