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16 The “Freezing” Injunction

Enforcement of Maritime Claims

16 The “Freezing” Injunction 16.1 The point of the freezing injunction is that the plaintiff proceeds by stealth so as to pre-empt any action by the defendant to remove his assets from the jurisdiction 1 or dissipate his assets wherever they are. 2 The rationale and fundamental principle is that “no court should permit a defendant to take action designed to frustrate subsequent orders of the court”. 3 This principle has been extended to allow the grant of the injunction (as other interim remedies) in connection with proceedings in foreign courts. 4

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