David Head QC successfully maintains £34m Worldwide Freezing Injunction

On 13 November 2019, Mrs Justice Carr handed down judgment in the Commercial Court in the case of The World LLC v Dalal [2019] EWHC 2993 (Comm), dismissing the Defendant’s application to discharge a worldwide freezing injunction in the sum of £34m. Heard over three days, the Defendant’s application alleged that the Claimant had misrepresented and failed fairly to present material facts at an ex parte hearing before Teare J in April 2019, including the potential defences available as to the enforcement in England and Wales of a Dubai judgment. Among other things, the Defendant alleged that the Claimant had obtained the Dubai judgment by fraud and/or that the judgment was incompatible with a judgment of the Dubai World Tribunal in related proceedings. Instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright on behalf of the Claimant, a UAE company engaged in the development of man-made islands offshore from Dubai, 3VB’s David Head QC successfully resisted the application (which was dismissed with costs) and maintained the freezing injunction until trial. The judgment can be found here.