This 12KBW practice group brings together barristers who specialise in cases with an international dimension. We have a longstanding expertise in international personal injury matters and considerable experience in international group claims.
We have been instructed in many of the key travel law cases, including Wilson v Best Travel, Clough v First Choice Holidays, and Harding v Wealands. Our experience in this area spans group litigation, infections, food poisoning, swimming pool hygiene and safety, assaults, negligent medical and cosmetic treatment, a range of sporting accidents, as well as slips, trips and road traffic accidents. We are instructed in proceedings brought under the Package Travel Regulations 1992, along with the recovery disputes that often follow.
We advise motor insurers in cross-border road traffic accidents, including domestic proceedings brought against foreign insurers and proceedings brought directly against English insurers or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) in respect of accidents abroad.
Our barristers act in cases involving issues of jurisdiction (the Judgments Regulation(s) etc.) and applicable law (Rome I and II etc.), as well as claims brought under the Athens, Montreal and Warsaw Conventions. We are very familiar with advising on the use of expert evidence on foreign law and local standards.
We are instructed in international group claims, often in relation to human rights abuses. Our barristers have acted for communities and other groups of clients in Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Iraq, Algeria and Peru in claims arising out of torture, sexual abuse and occupational disease.
Beyond injury and abuse claims, we have acted in international cases in the context of insurance, aviation, product liability, employment, commercial, and environmental disputes. We were instructed in the Bomu-Bonny Oil Pipeline Litigation, believed to be the UK’s largest environmental action, in which 15,600 claimants settled claims against Shell for £55 million, following oil spills in Nigeria.
We have represented clients in courts outside England and Wales, including in the British Overseas Territories and the Channel Islands. We recently appeared in the Courts of Appeal in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands in cases involving the appropriate discount rate to be applied when assessing damages.
Our barristers are fluent in a range of languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Gujarati, Hindi and Farsi.