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Sarah Garvey



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Sarah Garvey



Sarah is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in conflict of laws, state immunity issues and EU laws.  She regularly advises clients on topics such as governing law, jurisdiction, immunity and arbitration.  Sarah is a key member of Allen & Overy's Brexit team and has been heavily involved in advising clients on the legal implications of Brexit.  Sarah is Chair of the Law Society's EU Committee and sits on the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, chaired by Lord Mance.   Sarah sat on the Lord Chief Justice's Advisory Committee on Brexit and Civil Jurisdiction chaired by Lord Justice Hamblen.  Sarah edits the Forum Chapter of Butterworths' Encyclopedia of Banking. Sarah also advised all major London banks (as a syndicate) in the Greek and Cypriot capital controls.


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Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019

English jurisdiction clause binding anchor defendants decisive in court’s conclusion that England is proper forum

The High Court distinguished the Supreme Court decision of Lungowe v Vedanta Resources plc (Vedanta),1 giving more weight to the desirability of avoiding multiplicity of actions and the risk of inconsistent judgments when concluding that England was clearly the proper place to bring claims against a defendant against whom proceedings had previously been issued in Singapore. The presence of an exclusive English jurisdiction clause between the claimant and the anchor defendants made England the only jurisdiction where a single composite forum for all claims against all parties could be achieved: E, D & F Man Capital Markets Ltd v Come Harvest Ltd & ors [2019] EWHC 1661 (Comm)

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Publications: 04 SEPTEMBER 2019

Can the UK Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit?

There are less than 100 days until 31 October 2019, when the UK will leave the European Union without a deal by default, unless between now and then the UK and EU27 are able to agree a deal or further extension to the Article 50 period (or the UK revokes its Article 50 notice).

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Publications: 03 SEPTEMBER 2019

Updated: can the UK Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit?

At the end of July we published a paper looking at the options available to Members of the UK Parliament (MPs) should they seek to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019.

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Publications: 26 JULY 2018

English court grants the European Union summary judgment against Syria

​The English High Court has granted the European Union (EU) summary judgment against the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for non-payment of EUR190m under a series of commercial loans.  The case is procedurally noteworthy: it develops the law on alternative methods of service on a State and provides  helpful authority if one party fails to nominate a solicitor to take service.  The judgment also gives a useful reminder of the rules on summary judgment – in circumstances where one party fails to engage with proceedings – and of the law of subrogation.  The loans to Syria were made by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and guaranteed by the EU.  The EU claimed under the loan agreements, on a subrogated basis, having reimbursed the EIB for its losses pursuant to the terms of the guarantees. Allen & Overy LLP (Dirk Arts, Lawson Caisley, Sarah Garvey and Thomas Cusworth) act for the European Union and the EIB in this matter: (1) The European Union (represented by the European Investment Bank) and (2) the European Investment Bank v the Syrian Arab Republic [2018] EWHC 1712 (Comm), 29 June 2018

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Called to Bar, England and Wales, 1994

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998


BA (Hons) History, Queens' College, University of Cambridge

CPE (Law Conversion Course), City University, London

Bar vocational course, London