High Court Awards Four Victims of the Beirut Port Explosion Over £800,000 in Damages

June 13, 2023

Following its judgment on February 1, 2023 finding Savaro Ltd liable for the death, personal injury and property damage caused by the Beirut port explosion, a hearing was held in the High Court in London on June 12, 2023 to assess damages. Following the hearing, the High Court issues a judgment awarding each claimant who is a relative of a deceased victim an amount of £100,000 plus interest for pain and suffering. One of the claimants who is a surviving victim of the Beirut port explosion was awarded £125,000 for pain and suffering  and over £400,000 for past and future medical expenses.  

The judgment is the first monetary award to be obtained on behalf of victims of the Beirut port explosion, which was reportedly the largest known non-nuclear explosion in history.

The Dechert LLP team consisted of Camille Abousleiman, Adam Silver, Abdul Azeem s/o Abdul Samad, Craig Watson and Richard Herstell who acted pro bono. Neil Hart KC and Akash Sonecha of Essex Court Chambers and Emma-Louise Fenelon and Thomas Beamont of One Crown Office Row were instructed by Dechert LLP also pro bono, through the assistance of Advocate.

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