Members of 3VB featured in The Lawyer’s Top 10 Appeals of 2022

The Lawyer have today published their feature on The Top 10 Appeals of 2022, recognising the leading matters that will appear in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in this forthcoming year. Eight members of 3VB feature across three cases in the list:

SKAT (the Danish Customs and Tax Administration) v Solo Capital Partners (in Special Administration) and others

In March 2021, Andrew Baker J struck out a £1.5bn claim relating to applications to claim refunds of dividend withholding tax. The case now proceeds to the Court of Appeal.

For the respondent:

Tom De Vecchi and Sophia Dzwig, instructed by DWF

For the respondent, ED&F Man Capital Markets Ltd:

Ali Malek QC and George McPherson, instructed by Rosenblatt

CIS General Insurance v IBM United Kingdom 

Appeal in relation to the effect of an exclusion clause on a reliance damages claim following a failed IT transformation project that CIS General Insurance undertook with IBM UK at a contract price of around £50m with ongoing management costs of over £125m.

For the appellant, CIS General Insurance Limited:

Michael Lazarus, instructed by Addleshaw Goddard partners Susan Garrett and Lauren Hamilton

For the respondent, IBM UK:

Adam Kramer QC, instructed by CMS

Argentum Exploration Ltd v The Silver and all persons claiming to be interested in the Rights of Silver- THE TILAWA 

The claim is for salvage of 2364 bars of silver (the “Silver”) salved from the wreck of the SS TILAWA (“Tilawa”) which was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes on around 23 November 1942, while on a voyage from Bombay, India, to Durban, South Africa (via Kenya). The wreck sank in international waters and after salvage the Silver was brought to the UK and declared to the receiver of wreck after which its existence was published and the Republic of South Africa “(RSA”) asserted that it is owner of the Silver.  The RSA claims that it is immune from the English court’s jurisdiction due to sovereign / state immunity. The Silver is currently worth over USD 70 million.

For the respondent, Argentum Exploration Ltd:

Liisa Lahti and Cameron Miles, instructed by Tatham & Co partner Stephen Askins

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