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25 May 2012  

Andrew Emery considers the vexed question of service outside the UK

Given the UK’s rich history in international trade and commerce it is highly likely that at some stage most commercial practitioners will have cause to issue proceedings in England against foreign defendants. In order to do so the claimant in such a case will have to obtain permission from the court to serve out of the jurisdiction. The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) set out the process that must be followed in such cases. This article will explain that procedure and what pitfalls are to be avoided.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Albon (t/a N A Carriage Co) v Naza Motor Trading SDN BHD & anor [2007] EWHC 9 (Ch)

    Amin Rasheed Shipping Corp v Kuwait Insurance Co [1984] AC 50

    Barings Plc v Coopers & Lybrand [1997] 1 BCLC 427

    Canada Trust Co v Stolzenberg (No 2) [1998] 1 WLR 547 CA

    Carvill America Inc & anor v Camperdown UK Ltd & ors [2005] EWCA Civ 645

    Roneleigh Ltd v MII Exports Ltd Inc [1989] 1 WLR 619

    Seaconsar Far East Ltd v Bank Markazi Jomhouri Islami Iran [1993] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 236

    Spiliada Maritime Corp v Cansulex Ltd [1987] AC 460

    The Atlantic Star [1973] 2 All ER 175

    The Chaparral [1968] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 158

    The El Amria [1981] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 119

    The Eleftheria [1969] 2 All ER 641

    Weston v Bates & anor [2012] EWHC 590 (QB)

    Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria [2012] EWHC 74 (QB)