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Property, International / offshoreWednesday 29 March 2023

Jonathan Seitler KC and Alice Hawker appear in Supreme Court case Jalla v Shell

The Supreme Court case of Jalla and another v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company and another commences today, concerning one of the largest oil spills in Nigerian oil exploration history in 2011 and the issue of ‘continuing nuisance’.

The Appellants allege that oil from the spill has devastated their shoreline and continues to cause serious damage to their land and water supplies. Because the claims against the Shell entities were commenced outside the limitation period for claims in nuisance, the claim would be barred unless it involved a ‘continuing nuisance’.

The case featured in The Lawyer’s ‘In Court this Week’ feature; read the full article here.

Jonathan Seitler KC, Alice Hawker and Stuart Cribb (Essex Court) act for the Appellants, instructed by Rosenblatt.

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