Reed Smith Client Alerts

Key takeaways

  • Res judicata effect: the judgments retained their res judicata effect, meaning they were final and binding.
  • Procedural issue is no bar to enforcement abroad: the judgments, though unenforceable in the UAE, could be enforced abroad.
  • Strategic implications for UAE judgment debtors: this development may open the door for the re-evaluation of judgments deemed unenforceable, offering a fresh perspective and potential recourse through the English legal system.

The following is part of a series of client alerts prepared by our Global Enforcements and Collections team.

In Invest Bank PSC v. Ahmad Mohammed El-Husseini and others [2023] EWHC 2302 (Comm) (Invest Bank), the High Court of England and Wales determined that foreign monetary judgments, previously unenforceable in their home jurisdiction due to a procedural constraint imposed by domestic law, could still be enforced under English common law.