Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 29, 2024

    Malaysia Plans Suits Over $14.9B Award To Sulu Claimants

    Units of Malaysia's national natural gas company are planning to file litigation in Europe against claimants awarded $14.9 billion and their litigation funder following a high-stakes arbitration with the Southeast Asian country over a 19th-century land deal, according to newly filed documents in New York.

  • May 29, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Bid To Nix SRA Probe Over COVID Vax Letters

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Wednesday tossed a bid by an impugned solicitor to have his prosecution struck out for abuse of process, saying the case regarding whether he misused his position in representing vaccine-hesitant clients should proceed to trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Says £395K Unpaid For Advising Football Club

    Taylor Wessing LLP is suing a real estate company owned by the chairman of Southend United FC for £394,733 ($502,000) that it alleges remains unpaid after the law firm provided legal services to the National League football club.

  • May 29, 2024

    Penguin Loses 'Plan B' TM Bid Over Bad Faith Ruling

    A European court refused to overturn a decision nixing a Penguin Random House trademark bid Wednesday, upholding a previous ruling that the application was made to usurp the existing name rights of an independent Spanish publisher.

  • May 29, 2024

    Turkish Cos. Say Ship Owner Failed To Keep Vessel Seaworthy

    Two Turkish companies have hit back at a freighter owner's claim for compensation over an engine room fire that caused the ship to drift toward the Yemeni coast, arguing in London court filings that it was caused by negligence.

  • May 29, 2024

    Russian Billionaire Beats Sanctions Over Lack Of Evidence

    The European Union lacked justification to sanction billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov following Russia's invasion of Ukraine since there's no credible evidence he's a leading figure in economic industries vital to the government, an EU court ruled Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Chiquita Brands Scores Victory In 'Queen' TM Dispute

    Chiquita Brands notched a trademark win Wednesday in its bid to register "Chiquita Queen," after a European court ruled that earlier panels were wrong to think it would encroach on an existing fruit brand's territory.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Italian Airline's Chair Hits Back At €50M 'Revenge' Claim

    The chair of Aeroitalia has urged a London court to throw out a €50 million ($54 million) claim over the Italian airline, arguing he had not agreed to transfer most of his stake in the business to a company claiming to have links with aviation magnate German Efromovich.

  • May 29, 2024

    Teacher Wins Race Harassment Claim Against School

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a school in Wales harassed a Black history teacher while investigating offensive comments she allegedly made in a lesson about her lack of trust in police and her use of a racial slur.

  • May 29, 2024

    Belarus Airline Can't Curb Sanctions Over Lukashenko Ties

    The General Court of the European Union upheld sanctions against a Belarusian airline on Wednesday, ruling that the carrier is backed by President Alexander Lukashenko and helped to facilitate the illegal entry of migrants from the Middle East into the bloc.

  • May 29, 2024

    Great Western Railway Loses Appeal In Whistleblowing Loss

    Great Western Railway has lost its attempt to overturn a worker's whistleblowing win, as an appeals tribunal held that a judge was right to find the train operator victimized the employee for bringing legal action years earlier.

  • May 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Says HP 'Panicked,' Tried To Unwind Deal

    Autonomy founder Michael Lynch testified Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims he conned HP into overpaying for his company that HP's board "panicked" after news of the acquisition leaked and HP's stock dropped 20%, that HP fired its CEO and that it attempted to back out of the deal.

  • May 28, 2024

    Lawyer Wants To Strike COVID Probe As Abuse Of Process

    A solicitor asked the profession's disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday to strike out his prosecution, claiming the legal regulatory body's attempt to sanction him over his representation of workers opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine is an abuse of process.

  • May 28, 2024

    Berkeley Energia Hits Spain For $1B Over Nixed Uranium Plant

    Clean energy company Berkeley Energia Ltd. announced Tuesday that it is seeking $1 billion in preliminary compensation from Spain in international arbitration after the country shut down the company's bid to construct a uranium mine and processing plant.

  • May 28, 2024

    Eastman Group Accused Of Owning No Rights In IP Spat

    A company selling paint protection film for cars is fighting allegations that one of its managers stole a database belonging to Eastman Group in order to jumpstart the business, arguing the information wasn't confidential.

  • May 28, 2024

    Prison OK To Fire Absent Staffer After Boss' Sexual Assault

    A prison did not unfairly sack an employee who was off sick with no likelihood of returning even though the absence began after a supervisor sexually assaulted her, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 28, 2024

    Vardy Says Lawyer Worked On Xmas In 'Wagatha' Costs Battle

    Two spouses of football players fought over legal bills in a London court Tuesday in the aftermath of their high-profile libel battle, as one argued that her costs were not unreasonable because her leading barrister had worked on Christmas Day.

  • May 28, 2024

    Major Insurers Face £472M Claim For Russia-Stranded Planes

    An aircraft lessor has brought a £472 million ($604 million) claim against dozens of major insurers over planes stranded since the invasion of Ukraine, following a landmark London court ruling that blocked attempts to move similar cases to Russia.

  • May 28, 2024

    Samsung Bioepis Fights AstraZeneca Unit Over Soliris Patent

    Samsung Bioepis has challenged the validity of Alexion's Soliris drug in a London court in a bid to clear its path to sell a biosimilar version of the rare blood disease medicine — but the AstraZeneca unit has hit back amid hopes to maintain its monopoly over the treatment.

  • May 28, 2024

    EasyGroup Sues Biz Owner For Confidentiality Breach

    EasyGroup, the parent company of easyJet, has accused a U.K. business owner of flouting a confidentiality agreement with the brand by contacting a journalist at The Times newspaper about the group's legal action against him.

  • May 28, 2024

    UK Gov't Faces Threat Of Fresh Infected-Blood Litigation

    Lawyers representing victims of the infected blood scandal have said they could restart civil litigation against the government unless it accepts findings that officials failed to warn the public of the risks of treatment and keep patients safe. 

  • May 28, 2024

    Israeli Aquaculture Firm Sued Over $21M Unpaid Settlement

    An asset management firm based in the Cayman Islands is seeking more than $21 million from an Israeli aquaculture company over an allegedly unpaid settlement agreement intended to resolve earlier arbitration proceedings.

  • May 28, 2024

    NatWest Unaware Of Former Trader's Asperger's Diagnosis

    A former NatWest trader has lost his bid to revive his disability discrimination claim against the high street lender's investment banking arm as an appeals tribunal upheld findings that it did not know about his Asperger's syndrome diagnosis when he unsuccessfully applied to rejoin the company.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

Expert Analysis

  • What Prince Harry Privacy Case May Mean For Media Ethics

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    An English High Court recently allowed the privacy case brought by Prince Harry and six other claimants against the Daily Mail publisher to proceed, which, if successful, could embolden other high-profile individuals to bring claims and lead to renewed calls for a judicial public inquiry into British press ethics, says Philippa Dempster at Freeths.

  • How European Authorities Are Foiling Anti-Competitive Hiring

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    Lawyers at Squire Patton discuss key labor practice antitrust concerns and notable regulation trends in several European countries following recent enforcement actions brought by the European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • The State Of UK Litigation Funding After Therium Ruling

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    The recent English High Court decision in Therium v. Bugsby Property has provided a glimmer of hope for litigation funders about how courts will interpret this summer's U.K. Supreme Court ruling that called funding agreements impermissible, suggesting that its adverse effects may be mitigated, says Daniel Williams at DWF Law.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Why It's Urgent For Pharma Cos. To Halt Counterfeit Meds

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    With over 10.5 million counterfeit medicines seized in the EU in 2023, it is vital both ethically and commercially that pharmaceutical companies take steps to protect against such infringements, including by invoking intellectual property rights protection, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Nix Of $11B Award Shows Limits Of Arbitral Process

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    A recent English High Court decision in Nigeria v. Process & Industrial Developments, overturning an arbitration award because it was obtained by fraud, is a reminder that arbitration decisions are ultimately still accountable to the courts, and that the relative simplicity of the arbitration rules is not necessarily always a benefit, say Robin Henry and Abbie Coleman at Collyer Bristow.

  • How The Netherlands Became A Hub For EU Class Actions

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    As countries continue to implement the European Union Collective Redress Directive, the Netherlands — the country with the largest class action docket in the EU — provides a real-world example of what class and mass litigation may eventually look like in the bloc, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker and Houthoff.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

  • New Fixed Costs Rules May Have Unforeseen Consequences

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    The recent changes to fixed recoverable costs, which were intended to reduce costs and increase certainty, have profound implications for civil claims, but may unintentionally prompt more litigation and reduce access to justice as lawyers leave the market, says Paul Squires at Sedgwick Legal.

  • A Look At Enforcing And Contesting Arbitral Awards In Qatar

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    As Qatar aspires to become a regional investment hub as part of its Qatar Vision 2030, it has committed to modernizing its arbitration practices in accordance with international standards, including updating the process of enforcing and contesting arbitration awards, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Deal Over Jets Stranded In Russia May Serve As Blueprint

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    In the face of a pending "mega-trial" over leased airplanes held in Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, a settlement between leading aviation lessor AerCap Holdings NV and NSK, the Russian state-controlled insurance company, could pave the way for similar deals, say Samantha Zaozirny and Timeyin Pinnick at Browne Jacobson.

  • Oil And Gas Case Highlights Judicial Review Climate Trends

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    Although the High Court recently dismissed a judicial review challenge concerning the U.K. oil and gas industry licensing regime, the case highlights how environmental campaign groups are increasingly taking formal steps through court proceedings to challenge the fossil fuel industry and influence government policy, say lawyers at CMS.

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

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