The following Dispute Resolution practice note Produced in partnership with Angharad Parry of 20 Essex Street provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note is for use when determining applicable law where the contract was entered into on or before 31 December 2020.
For guidance on the position where the contract was entered into on or after 1 January 2021, see Practice Note: Retained Rome I—parties fail to choose the applicable law.
Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU has implications for practitioners considering which country’s laws will be applied when determining a dispute. For guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit post implementation period—considerations for dispute resolution practitioners including, in particular, main section: Applicable law.
This Practice Note considers Regulation (EC) 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) and explains the ability of the parties to choose the applicable law under Rome I. It looks at whether the law must be that of a State, the freedom of the parties to chose the applicable law—such choice can be express or implied—and changing the chosen applicable law. It also considers choice of law and non-derogation as well as consent, validity and capacity.
Rome I applies to contracts concluded on or after 17 December 2009, relating to civil or commercial matters. This is subject to a number of exceptions: contractual obligations ‘arising under bills of exchange, cheques and promissory notes and
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