Why should, and when can, international parties litigate before the English courts?

June 23, 2014

 

The international caseload of the English commercial court is enormous. A survey of 705 commercial court judgments handed down in the past five years showed that about 62% of the litigants involved were based outside England and Wales. In light of this trend — with a large proportion of the litigants emanating from Russia and the CIS — a number of questions arise. In particular:

  • Why do international parties like to litigate in the English courts?
  • What principles govern when the English courts will, and will not, assume jurisdiction over a case, and what is the process for serving proceedings against foreign parties?

This article provides an overview of the answers to those questions.

 

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