Emma-Louise Fenelon and Tom Beamont, instructed by Dechert LLP, acted for a number of victims of the Beirut Port explosion in an assessment hearing on 12 June, following which the High Court made an award of over £850,000 in damages for personal injury. In respect of the victims who had lost loved ones in the explosion, this was to compensate for their pain and suffering. For one surviving victim, in addition to pain and suffering, this was to compensate for past and future medical expenses.


On 4 August 2020, 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Beirut exploded, resulting in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. The Beirut Port explosion killed over 200 people, injured over 6000 people and devastated the surrounding area, creating a 140-metre-crater in the port. It destroyed whole parts of the city of Beirut, internally displacing 300,000 people. Following its judgment on February 1, 2023 finding Savaro Ltd liable for the death, personal injury and property damage caused by the Beirut port explosion, a hearing was held in the High Court in London on June 12, 2023 to assess damages.

Emma-Louise and Tom were led by Neil Hart KC, along with Akash Sonecha, both of Essex Court Chambers. David Hart KC of 1 Crown Office Row was involved at an early stage in proceedings.

For more see Dechert LLP Press Release.

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