Further encouragement from the English courts to pursue international disputes there
The recent decision of the English Supreme Court in Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe and others provides a further example of the willingness of the English courts to assume jurisdiction over cases which have very little connection with England.
Between 2017 and 2018 70% of litigants in cases brought before the English Commercial Court were not domiciled in the United Kingdom. In many cases there will be no dispute between the parties as to whether the English courts provide the proper forum for the resolution of the dispute. Indeed, often the parties will have entered into a pre-existing arbitration agreement which either precludes or at any rate reduces the scope for any dispute about whether the English court has jurisdiction.