Jurisdiction in accident abroad: further developments in Brownlie v Four Seasons

The latest decision in the very-long running Brownlie fatal accident litigation was given on 1 October 2019.

The current phase of the case turns on the question of jurisdiction when UK residents are injured outside the EU, since the relevant EU regulation – Brussels 1 (recast) – does not apply. The case is of particular interest because the relevant government guidance confirms that Brussels 1 will be repealed on EU exit day and replaced by the (English) common law and statutory provisions on jurisdiction which currently apply to cases such as Brownlie.

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“We are in rather a jam as a nation” – Brexit and civil justice issues

On 31 January 2017 the EU Justice Sub-Committee heard further evidence in its enquiry into the arrangements for civil justice co-operation and the role of Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) after the UK leaves the EU. In the hot seat this time was Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Justice. Senior judges, academics and practitioners have already appeared before the Sub-Committee during the course of this ongoing enquiry.

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