Jurisdiction and Applicable Law

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Tue, 9th Oct 2018
London - Addleshaw Goddard (London)
Venue Address:
Addleshaw Goddard
Milton Gate
60 Chiswell Street
Professor Adrian Briggs, Professor of Private International Law, Oxford University, Andrew Scott, Blackstone Chambers and Michael Lampert, Arbitrator & Mediator, New York
Event Type:
Evening Session
6.30pm to 7.30pm followed by Q&A followed by drinks
CPD hours:
Fully Booked
Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
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Cost: £35 + VAT. There is and early bird discount until 25 June 2018.

This session will deal with the international law issues that arise in employment disputes, including

  • jurisdiction (where a case can be brought under the Brussels/Recast Regulation as well as the cases to which that Regulation does not apply);
  • applicable law (where this is identified by the Rome I and Rome II Regulations, as well as the cases to which that Regulation does not apply); and
  • the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Against that general background it will also aim to deal more specifically with the use and abuse of anti-suit injunctions, and with the identification and impact of overriding statutes and other provisions which cannot be circumvented. It will also try to make sense of the relationship between the Rome I and Rome II Regulations, and between the Rome and Brussels Regulations; and if making sense proves to be an impossible dream, then working out where we have got to should still be possible.

The panel leading the session will comprise Paul Goulding QC (Chair), Professor Adrian Briggs, Andrew Scott and Mike Lampert.

The principal speaker will be Professor Adrian Briggs, the pre-eminent UK authority on the conflict of laws. Adrian is Professor of Private International Law at the University of Oxford, and the Sir Richard Gozney Fellow and Tutor at St Edmund Hall: he has been teaching in Oxford since 1980. He has been a member of Blackstone Chambers since 1989, and QC (Hon) since 2016. He spent 15 years as one of the editors of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws, and has published several books of his own including Private International Law in English Courts and Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments.

Paul Goulding QC and Andrew Scott, both of Blackstone Chambers, were counsel for Mr Petter in EMC v Petter [2015] IRLR 847, in which the Court of Appeal granted an anti-suit injunction, based on the Brussels Recast Regulation, to restrain US proceedings brought by the parent company of the UK employer of Mr Petter.

Mike Lampert is a US lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He spent 30 years as a commercial litigator and then 7 years as Deputy General Counsel of a major financial services company with global responsibility for litigation and employment.