Landmark Chambers International


2 December 2019

International Judicial Appointment

International Judicial Appointment

Landmark Chambers, specialists in Planning and Infrastructure, Real Estate, Public Law, Environmental Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution, in the UK and internationally, is delighted to announce the appointment of one of their leading silks, Charles Banner QC, as one of three new Justices of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Court in the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

His appointment was announced alongside that of former Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mance, and Blackstone Chambers’ Alan Maclean QC. His affirmation will take place at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in London this Thursday, 5th December.

Charles will be assigned to the Small Claims Court, which sits within the Court of First Instance of the AIFC Court. This will see him sitting, on a part-time basis, over a broad range of cases including commercial disputes worth up to US $300,000 and employment disputes within the jurisdiction of the AIFC.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Paul Newhall, Landmark Chambers’ CEO, and John Litton QC, Chair of Landmark’s International Practice Group, said: “We wish to congratulate Charles and wish him every success with this judicial role.  His appointment is demonstrative of the importance and high standing of English common law in key international jurisdictions such as Kazakhstan.”

The part-time nature of his appointment means that Charles, who took silk in 2019, will continue to develop his busy domestic and international practice from Landmark’s UK bases in London and Birmingham.

The AIFC Court, which launched in 2018, is an independent legal entity. It has its own procedural rules modelled on English common law procedures and leading international practice. The AIFC Court is separate and independent from the courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It consists of two tiers: a Court of First Instance, which includes a specialist division known as the Small Claims Court; and a Court of Appeal. It has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising out of the activities and operations of the AIFC and jurisdiction in the case of other disputes, in which all parties agree in writing to give the AIFC Court jurisdiction. It does not have jurisdiction in relation to any disputes that are of a criminal or administrative nature. It applies the most up-to-date and efficient case management practices.

About Landmark Chambers

With 95 barristers, of whom 34 are QCs, Landmark Chambers is ranked as a leading set by the top legal directories in each of its four main areas of practice. Working throughout the UK, Europe and internationally, Landmark’s members are renowned for their unique expertise, and Chambers for its modern, diverse, and innovative approach to practice.

For more information

Please see the full press release issued by the AIFC by clicking here.

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