Security for costs order sought where defendant argued English court judgment would not be enforceable in UAE


Re: Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Shakhboot Al Nehayan v Kent [2016] EWHC 623 (QB)

The defendant sought security for his costs of defending an action, where the claimant argued that the defendant owed him sums of money connected to an investment the claimant made with the defendant. Held: There were not objectively justified grounds on which to conclude that a judgment or cost order of the England and Wales court would not be enforceable in the UAE courts. However, given that such enforcement was likely to require lengthy legal proceedings, the court was minded to grant a security for cost order for these expenses. James Laddie QC and Nicholas Gibson were involved in this case.