Jones Day promotes 5 to partner in Asia Pacific…

Queen’s Speech includes measures to protect cross-border work… Court rules that airlines are responsible for drink-spill injuries…

Jones Day promotes 5 to partner in Asia Pacific…

Jones Day promotes 5 to partner in Asia Pacific
Global firm Jones Day has appointed 34 new partners including 5 in Asia Pacific.

Most of the new partners are in the US with one in London and the five in Asia Pacific:

  • James Ebert, Sydney (Global Disputes)
  • Vinay Kurien, Singapore (Banking, Finance & Securities)
  • Holly Sara, Sydney (Global Disputes)
  • Ben Witherall, Singapore (Private Equity)
  • Dr. Qiang Xue, Beijing (Antitrust & Competition Law)

"The promotion of these new partners reflects Jones Day's ongoing commitment to developing and advancing lawyers throughout the world who have achieved the highest levels of professional accomplishment and who are devoted to advancing and protecting the interests of our clients and the institutional values of the Firm," said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day.

The firm now has more than 2,500 lawyers across 43 offices in five continents. The new partner promotions are effective January 1, 2020.

Queen’s Speech includes measures to protect cross-border work
The UK’s new session of Parliament began on Thursday with the Queen’s Speech setting out the government’s legislation agenda.

Among the plans are The Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill which aims to “maintain and strengthen the UK’s role as a world leader in delivering justice across borders on civil and family justice issues”; and “Make it easier for UK individuals and families who become involved in international legal disputes to access justice.”

It proposes to implement The 2005 Hague Convention which provides legal certainty in disputes relating to cross-border contracts, ensuring there is no confusion over where a case should be heard, and that any resulting decision can be recognised and enforced in other countries.

There will be provision for the government to implement additional international agreements on Private International Law.

Court rules that airlines are responsible for drink-spill injuries
Airlines are responsible for injuries caused by drink spillages in the air even when it may not have been caused by flight-specific hazards.

“An airline is liable for the harm caused by a spilled cup of hot coffee,” the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled this week. “It is not necessary for that accident to relate to a hazard typically associated with flight.”

The ruling follows the injury of a 6-year-old girl on an international flight in the EU. She was burned when her father’s cup of hot drink fell onto her.

Airlines could be liable for up to U$138,000 even where it can prove that the incident was not the result of its negligence or caused by someone else.

An Austrian court asked the EU Court of Justice for guidance.

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