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The Thirteenth Annual John Thornely AGM and Lecture



Book now for the John Thornely Lecture 24 April 2017



The thirteenth Annual John Thornely Lecture will be held on Monday 24 April 2017, at 6.45pm, at Quadrant Chambers, Quadrant House, 10 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AU.


The College is delighted to announce that this year’s lecture, ‘Carry on, don’t lose your head: Prerogative v Parliament from Cromwell to May’, will be delivered by Poonam Melwani QC, a commercial silk who practises across the full spectrum of commercial, insurance, energy and shipping law, providing advisory and advocacy services. Poonam has been ranked as a 'Leading Silk' over many years by the Legal Directories, and represents clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions and arbitral regimes including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, as well as English High Court Litigation, mainly in the Commercial Court and the Appellate Courts.


Poonam’s day to day work invariably has an international element requiring complex legal and factual analysis and often urgent relief such as anti-suit and anti-security injunctions and freezing injunctions.  Notable cases include the Supreme Court case of Enviroco v Farstad concerning the definition of holding and subsidiary companies in charterparties and in the Companies Act, revealing a problem with the statutory definition and resulting in the amendment by all law firms of their boilerplate provisions, the CSAV v Hin Pro Litigation where a new approach to damages for breach of exclusive jurisdiction clause was adopted and the recent 2017 decision in Commerzbank v Liquimar  where, allaying concerns in the market,  she successfully argued that asymmetric  jurisdiction clauses are valid exclusive jurisdiction clauses under Brussels 1 Recast.


The lecture will be preceded, at 5:45 pm, by the Annual Meeting of the Thornely Society, which all Thornely Society Members and Founding Members are welcome to attend.


Refreshments will be available before the Lecture from 5.30 pm and a reception will take place afterwards. Sidney Sussex College and the Thornely Society are extremely grateful to Ms Melwani QC, Mr Chirag Karia QC and Mr Simon Kverndal QC (all Sidney alumni practising at Quadrant Chambers)  for generously hosting this event.


Alternatively contact Jackie Boyle in the Development Office on 01223 338881 or email to  Closing date for booking is 12:30pm Friday 31 March 2017.