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Gray’s Inn and the City of London Law Society Annual Lecture followed by a reception.

Sponsored by Allen & Overy.

Lecture in Gray’s Inn Hall: 6pm
Location: Gray’s Inn Hall

‘Lugano – a lost opportunity?’

Almost a year and a half has passed since the Brussels Recast Regulation and the Lugano Convention ceased to apply in the UK’s courts and to UK jurisdiction clauses and judgments. (Although the UK applied to re-join the Lugano Convention, this application stalled in May 2021, when the Commission indicated its objection).

As we emerge from the pandemic, is the impact of this realignment now becoming clear?

How are businesses adapting? How are the courts responding to cross border disputes?

What are the prospects of the UK re-joining Lugano? Does it actually matter if it is permanently excluded from this regime? In the absence of Lugano (or other cross border enforcement treaty), what can a judgment creditor do to recover on its English judgment debt? Can a claimant draw on existing English procedural rules in its quest to satisfy a judgment? What about post judgment freezing orders, proprietary injunctive relief and information orders? What more can be done to facilitate the enforcement process?


Mr Justice Foxton is a Commercial Court Judge. He is authorised to sit in cases in the Financial List and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He also sits in the Administrative Court and other Queen’s Bench work, including crime.

Sarah Garvey is a commercial litigator at Allen & Overy LLP. She is Chair of the Law Society’s private internal law group and a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee in private international law chaired by Lord Mance and Lord Wolfson.


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