- Court of Appeal considers jurisdictional issues of a duty of care and anchor defendants (Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc; Alame v Royal Dutch Shell Plc)
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Dispute Resolution analysis: By a majority decision, Sales LJ dissenting, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal brought by a number of claimants against Orders made by Fraser J, wherein he declared that the courts of England and Wales did not have jurisdiction to hear tortious claims advanced by Okpabi and others. Amongst other things, the Court of Appeal concluded that the Okpabi claimants stood no real prospect of success on their claim against the anchor defendant, Royal Dutch Shell, such that the Court did not have jurisdiction to try the claim against the second defendant, which was a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. The court further commented on the correct approach that should be taken when issues of jurisdiction are raised. Written by Christopher Snell, Barrister at No5 Chambers (London).
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