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Foreign orders no defence to contempt of court

In the long running matter of Masri v Consolidated Contractors and others [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm) the court had made orders in support of a judgment, including two receivership orders, various freezing orders and orders requiring the provision of affidavits of assets.

The defendants were Lebanese and, after the English orders were made against them, they obtained orders from the Lebanese courts to the effect that they could not provide the information, nor account to the court appointed receivers, unless the initial order had obtained recognition or exequatur in Lebanon. In the circumstances, compliance with the English court’s orders would expose the defendants to criminal sanctions in Lebanon. The defendant companies were placed under a Lebanese judicial administration which also prevented compliance with the English orders. More…

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