Judges

Justice The Hon Sir Jeremy Cooke

 Justice The Hon Sir Jeremy Cooke

Judicial Career: High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, 2001, appointed to the Commercial Court, 2003. Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit 2007-2011. President of East Sussex Magistrates Association 2008- 2012. Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from Easter 2012 to January 2014, specialising in commercial litigation.  Recent cases decided include:  BG Global Energy v Talisman [2015] All ER (D) 210 (Jan).  Dispute between owners of adjoining oil fields concerning a transportation, processing and operating services agreement. Lakatamia Shipping v Nobu Su [2014] EWHC 3611 (Comm).  Construction of FFA contracts/novation agreements. Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings & anor [2014] EWHC 2073 (Comm).  Extensive dispute over FX prime brokerage arrangements. Kruppa v Benedetti [2014] EWHC 1887 (Comm).  Determination of the effect of a Dispute Resolution clause.  Konkola Copper Mines v U&M Mining Zambia Ltd [2014] BUS LR D21.  Mining dispute, challenge to jurisdiction of arbitral tribunal.  Glencore Energy UK Ltd v Cirrus Oil Services [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 1.  Repudiation of an oil supply contract. Air Transworld Ltd v Bombardier [2012] Bus LR D10.  Breach and termination of contract for international sale of goods concerning a private jet aircraft. Ghanem Al-Thani Holdings v Jaguar Cars Exports Ltd [2012] EWHC 856 (Comm).  Termination of a contract for distribution rights of vehicles and parts in Qatar.  SNCB v UBS AG [2012] EWHC 2044 (Comm)  and Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) v Danske Bank [2012] EWHC 3013 (Comm).  Construction of Banking  and Securitisation documents and its application to the commercial dealings of the parties on the collapse of Lehman. Sul América Cia v Enesa [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 275 (upheld in the CA at [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 671).  Application for an anti-suit injunction on the basis of the seat of the arbitration.Golden Sunsets Navigation (UK) Ltd v Lloyds Portfolio Leasing Ltd [2010] EWHC 703 (Comm).  Construction of ship finance lease and schedule.

Lectures As Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, I have frequently lectured on the background to and future of the Commercial Court.  In 2014 I visited the DIFC and spoke about the current trends in the Commercial Court in London.

In 2013 I gave a series of talks to series of talks to judges, lawyers and students in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, on case management, professional ethics and corruption.  Between 2012 and 2015 I have given similar talks and led seminars with lawyers from the Ukraine, the Caucuses and Eastern Europe about integrity, corruption, professional standards and ethics.

Career Articled Clerk with Speechly Mumford and Soames 1971-1973, admitted as a solicitor 1973.  Practised with Coward Chance, now Clifford Chance 1973-1976 in commercial litigation and general corporate and commercial work.Called to the Bar 1976 (Lincoln’s Inn), Droop Scholar. Practised at the Commercial Bar at 7 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC2V 7LD, specialising in Commercial Court and Arbitration work. Sat regularly as an Arbitrator from 1988 onwards.  Accredited Mediator with CEDR since December 1996. Appointed QC 1990.  Assistant Recorder 1994, Recorder 1998 – crime and the ordinary civil jurisdiction.Head of Chambers 1999-2001. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2001.Member of Combar and Supporting Member of LMAA.

Education: Whitgift School, 1959-1966.St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Open Exhibition in history to read law) 1967-1970. Rugby Blues 1968 and 1969. MA 1st Class Honours in Jurisprudence.

Interests: Harlequins RFC 1970-75.Reader in the Church of England. Member of National Club and Vincent’s Club. Advisory Board of International Association of English In Law and Insurance. Golf, singing.