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Precedent set on state immunity

14th May 2015

Hughmans have set a precedent on the doctrine of state immunity. The Court of Appeal have ruled in favour of Hughmans’ client in an appeal from the Chancery Division of the High Court. The Court of Appeal confirmed the decision of the High Court in finding that there was no state immunity for the estate of the deceased king of Saudi Arabia in respect of private acts done whilst head of state, whether he had ceased to be head of state because he had died in office or whether he had left office and died later. Hughmans acted for the respondent.

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