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1. 10 in 10: Episode One: Taurus v SOMO49:50In the pilot episode of the Essex Court Chambers Podcast, Stephen Houseman QC is joined by Graham Dunning QC and Siddharth Dhar to talk about about the Supreme Court case of Taurus v State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) the Iraqi government entity for marketing of its oil production. Members of Essex Court Chambers appeared on both side at all three levels in the case, in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court. With thanks to Essex Court Chambers pupil Katherine Ratcliffe for her research for this podcast.
2. 10 in 10: Episode Two: Ocean Victory21:43In this episode Stephen Houseman QC speaks to Jeffrey Gruder QC and Philippa Hopkins QC about one of the leading shipping cases from last decade, the Supreme Court decision in Gard Marine & Energy v China National Chartering, known as the Ocean Victory.Jeffrey Gruder QC was involved in the case in the Court of Appeal.Together Jeffrey and Philippa discuss the significance of this charter party dispute and look at the significance of the importance of the decision in relation to general commercial law, especially in relation to insurance. Some of the the particular issues that arose in the case have special relevance in the current climate.With thanks to Lorraine Aboagye, junior tenant at Essex Court Chambers for her research for this episode.The music used in this podcast is “Upbeat Party” by scottholmesmusic.com
3. 10 in 10: Episode Three: Ablyazov Litigation39:30This week Stephen Houseman QC is joined by Tim Akkouh and James Sheehan for a discussion about 'the extraordinary' case of JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov and associated litigation.The Ablyazov litigation included a series of claims brought by JSC BTA, a Kazakh bank against its former Chairman, officers and associated individuals and companies alleging the misappropriation of about $5 billion between 2005 and 2009. The first claim was issued in August 2009. The case went to the commercial court on 20 occasions and twice to the supreme court. The proceedings as a whole were characterised by intense interlocutory fighting and is described by one presiding judge as 'being fought by the forensic equivalent of trench warfare.'Tim was instructed by the bank in 2009 and James was instructed by Mr Ablyazov from 2010.With thanks to Katherine Ratcliffe, junior tenant at Essex Court Chambers for her research for this episode.The music used in this podcast is “Upbeat Party” by scottholmesmusic.com
5. 10 in 10: Episode Five: Fiona Trust46:47In this episode Stephen Houseman QC talks to Steven Berry QC and David Walsh about the Fiona Trust litigation, which spurned seventeen reported decisions including four from the Court of Appeal and one from the House of Lords. Fiona Trust is well known for a number of important reasons in the arbitration and the commercial litigation worlds, and involved many months of commercial court time between Autumn 2009 and Summer 2010.Members of Essex Court Chambers appeared in virtually every stage of the litigation. Steven acted for Mr Yuri Nikitin in both the litigation and the arbitration and we will touch on both.With thanks to Akash Sonecha, Junior Tenant at Essex Court Chambers, for his research for this episode.The music used in this podcast is “Upbeat Party” by scottholmesmusic.com
6. 10 in 10: Episode Six: Gina Miller I & II32:54In episode 6 of the Essex Court Chambers '10 in 10’ podcast, Stephen Houseman QC talks to Hugh Mercer QC and Dan Sarooshi QC about the two Gina Miller appeals to the Supreme Court in 2017 and 2019 and the effect of the decisions on the Brexit process.The first appeal, heard in 2017, considered the decision about whether it was Parliament or the Government that under UK Constitution had the authority to give notice to the EU that the UK was leaving the EU. The second Appeal heard in 2019 was in relation to the Prime Ministers advice to the Queen to prorogue parliament after it was confirmed that the UK was to leave the EU. Dan Sarooshi QC appeared on behalf of Miller in ‘Miller I.’With thanks to Akash Sonecha, Junior Tenant at Essex Court Chambers, for his research for this episode.The music used in this podcast is “Upbeat Party” by scottholmesmusic.com