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Private International Law Overview

Serle Court is able to offer outstanding expertise in the field of Private International Law. Its members have appeared in many of the leading cases in this area. Prof Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.) is a pre-eminent expert in all aspects of Private International Law, and joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of the foremost practitioner work, Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws.

Members of chambers regularly deal with all aspects of the rules of jurisdiction. This includes the Brussels I Regulation, applications for service out of the jurisdiction and forum non conveniens challenges; as well as such matters as service of process overseas, obtaining evidence abroad, freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions. The recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, both in England and in offshore jurisdictions, is a key aspect of Serle Court’s work.

Serle Court also offers expertise in all aspects of choice of law, including the choice of law rules in contract in the "Rome I" Regulation and the "Rome II" Regulation on choice of law for non-contractual obligations. Professor Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.) is the author of the leading text on the Hague Trusts Convention/ Recognition of Trusts Act 1987. Members of chambers are also expert on issues relating to international trusts, succession and wills, and choice of law issues arising in matrimonial matters and ancillary relief applications.

Members routinely appear in and advise on Private International Law litigation issues in jurisdictions around the world, including Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Cyprus, DIFC, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong,  The Isle of Man, Jersey, St Kitts & Nevis and The Turks & Caicos Islands. They also provide expert opinions on aspects of English Private International Law in foreign proceedings.



Commercial Litigation in Anglophone Africa by Juta Publishing, covers the law relating to... more


We are extremely pleased to announce that Conor Quigley QC... more


The 4th supplement to the 15th edition of Dicey, Morris... more


We are delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious Trust &... more


Jonathan Harris QC (Hon) gave evidence to the House of... more


Serle Court hosted a very successful International Trusts and Commercial... more


We announced earlier this year that Serle Court’s International Trusts... more


The 3rd supplement to the 15th edition of the leading... more


The latest edition of SerleSpeak is now available to download... more


The latest edition of SerleSpeak is now available to download... more


Prof. Jonathan Harris will be chairing an IBC conference on... more


Professor Jonathan Harris is an editor of the leading work... more


Professor Jonathan Harris is one of the editors of the... more


The new edition of the leading work on Sale of... more


This August Professor Jonathan Harris will be Visiting Professor at... more


In December 2009, the third supplement to the 14th edition... more


Professor Jonathan Harris has contributed a substantial chapter to a... more


Serle Court is delighted to announce that Professor Jonathan Harris,... more

Notable Cases

Grupa Ozarow v Clean Energy Trading CL [2016] EWHC 2322 (Comm)

Acted for the defendant company trading in Carbon Credits in... more

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA (Trustee of the Tchenguiz Settlement) v ITG Ltd and Bayeux Trustees Ltd (Trustees of the Techenguiz Discretionary Trust) [2015] EWHC 1664 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1924 (Ch)

Successfully opposing the claimant's application for permission to serve proposed re-amended... more

Superior Composite Structures LLC v Parrish [2015] EWHC 3688 (QB)

The trial of a claim for enforcement of a judgment... more

Kea Investments Ltd v Novatrust Ltd BVIHC (Com) 2014/46; [2014] EWHC 4061 (Ch)

A cross-border joint venture dispute involving proceedings in England and... more

R v Taylor & Wood

Concerned the issue of whether recovery of excise duty from... more

Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman [2014] WTLR 145

In an important decision, Moylan J overrode the wishes of the... more

Stiftung Salle Modulable v Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited [2013] SC (Bda) 47 Civ

Instructed on behalf of the Plaintiffs in a high value... more

Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors [2013] EWHC 3566 (Ch)

Instructed by the claimant in a dispute between siblings as... more

Aeroflot v Berezovsky, Gluskhov, Forus Holdings SA & Ors

Philip Marshall QC and Justin  Higgo continued to represent Aeroflot... more

Aeroflot v Berezovsky [2012] EWHC 3017 (Ch)

The defendants applied for summary judgment on the claimant's claim... more

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