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High Court provides guidance on waiver of sovereign immunity

In a recent decision, the High Court considered the scope of sovereign immunity provided by section 1 of the State Immunity Act 1978 (the “1978 Act“): High Commissioner for Pakistan In the United Kingdom v National Westminster Bank [2015] EWHC 55 (Ch). … Continue reading

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Supreme Court clarifies “commercial purposes” exception to state immunity

The Supreme Court has clarified the scope of the exception to immunity under the State Immunity Act 1978 for property held by a state which is “in use or intended for use for commercial purposes”, an issue that has important … Continue reading

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Privy Council rules on the liability of state-owned corporations for debts of the state

A recent Privy Council decision clarifies the principles regarding enforcement of state debts against state-owned entities. Creditors of states are unlikely to be able to enforce against the assets of state-owned companies save in “quite extreme circumstances”: La Générale des … Continue reading

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