Supreme Court rules in favour of Lady Brownlie in Four Seasons Cairo case

20 October 2021

The Supreme Court of England & Wales has this morning decided in Lady Brownlie’s favour, and dismissed the Defendant’s Appeal by a majority of 4 – 1 in FS Cairo v Brownlie.

This case has significant implications for English nationals injured or killed whilst travelling overseas.

This means that the High Court in England now has jurisdiction to hear Lady Brownlie’s claim, which arises from a motoring accident in Egypt in 2010. In the accident Lady Brownlie sustained serious injuries, and her husband, the distinguished international lawyer Sir Ian Brownlie QC died.  Also in the vehicle were Sir Ian’s daughter Rebecca and her two young children. Rebecca was a former children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and very tragically she also lost her life.

Terrence Donovan, Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team at Kingsley Napley said:

This Judgment will provide welcome clarity for any other English nationals who have the misfortune to be injured or killed in foreign accidents, and who wish to bring their claims in the English Courts. Lady Brownlie, by her courage and determination, has done a great favour to them, and made an important contribution to English travel law.”

Lady Brownlie would like to express her deep gratitude to her legal team for their outstanding achievement. Terrence Donovan, Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team at Kingsley Napley has been Lady Brownlie’s solicitor throughout, and was assisted in the Appeal by Aideen McGarry, Associate Solicitor.

Terrence Donovan is available for interview. Lady Brownlie is not currently available for comment.

Case Details

FS Cairo (Defendant) v Brownlie (Claimant) Supreme Court Judgment 20 October 2021


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