Commercial Litigation UK

  • June 19, 2024

    Barrister Sanctioned Over Fight At The Opera

    A barrister was sanctioned by a disciplinary board on Wednesday for getting into a fistfight at an opera as the panel found that he had behaved in a way that is likely to diminish public trust in the legal profession.

  • June 19, 2024

    PPE Distributor Claims $11M Lost In 'Secret Commissions'

     A British medical supplier is suing its former agent for $10.8 million for allegedly defrauding it by taking secret commission on orders of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 19, 2024

    Train Operator Denies Hiding Cheaper Fares From Passengers

    A rail operator told a class action trial in London on Wednesday that allegations by rail passengers that it had concealed the existence of cheaper tickets from customers are not backed up by any evidence.

  • June 18, 2024

    Train Operators' Boundary-Fare Class Action Trial Opens

    At a class action trial in London on Tuesday, rail passengers accused English rail operators of abusing their dominant market position by failing to sell cheaper tickets to some customers and forcing them to pay up to double the price for their journey.

  • June 18, 2024

    NHS Surgeon Loses Appeal Over Fixed-Term Status

    A locum consultant breast surgeon lost her bid to become a permanent employee at a London hospital trust Tuesday after an appellate judge found that the trust was entitled to keep her on a fixed-term contract.

  • June 18, 2024

    Garden Screen Co. Says Rival Ripped Off Its Unique Designs

    The owners of a line of allegedly unique garden screens have sued a rival in London court for supposedly copying the designs, which the owners argue are protected by copyright.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitor Who Stalked Ex-Girlfriend Struck Off

    A solicitor convicted of stalking over repeatedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's door and threatening to "sort her out" has been struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Investors Auction Russian Vodka TMs For €1.6M

    The former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Monday they have auctioned the Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, as they continue their effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Appeal COVID ExCeL Biz Insurance Test Case Ruling

    Insurers launched an appeal on Tuesday to overturn a landmark test case ruling that would provide cover for COVID-19 lockdowns for thousands of companies with "at-the-premises" business interruption wording in their policies.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Deny Stranded Planes Are 'Lost' In $45M Claim

    A range of insurers have said they are not liable for $44.9 million claimed by an Irish aircraft operating company to cover the loss of planes stranded in Russia because they argue the airline business has not suffered any loss.

  • June 18, 2024

    Judges Fight For Higher Pay When Acting In Senior Roles

    A group of judges told the Employment Tribunal on Tuesday that they are being unfairly underpaid, arguing that when they occasionally act in more senior roles they should be paid the same as the judges in those higher positions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Footballer To Pay TV Presenter £110K To Settle Slur Claim

    Television presenter Jeremy Vine has partly won his libel claim against former professional footballer Joey Barton over online posts that labeled him a "bike nonce" after Barton said in a public apology on Tuesday that he had agreed to pay £75,000 ($95,200) in damages.

  • June 18, 2024

    HSBC Manager Won't Be Reinstated After Unfair Dismissal

    An employment tribunal has refused to order HSBC to reinstate a former manager after it unfairly dismissed her in a flawed redundancy process, finding that the bank would have ended her employment on the same day anyway.

  • June 18, 2024

    Serco Settles Landmark Shareholder Dispute Mid-Trial

    Serco settled a landmark shareholders' claim on Tuesday with investors who sued the outsourcing giant for compensation over an overbilling scandal that caused its share price to nosedive.

  • June 18, 2024

    Manufacturer Demands Ex-Director Gives Up Personal Emails

    A chemicals manufacturer is suing its former director for keeping hold of his personal email addresses after he left the job, which it claims contain business invoices and information about the company's performance.

  • June 18, 2024

    Samsung Bioepis Denies Infringing Blood Treatment Patent

    Samsung Bioepis has fought back against a bid by Alexion to prevent it from selling a biosimilar version of a patented blood treatment drug by a rival, telling a court that this will not infringe the protections of an AstraZeneca subsidiary over the medicine.

  • June 17, 2024

    Disney Cruise Says Ex-Worker Must Arbitrate In London

    Disney Cruise Lines has told a Florida federal court that a Honduran ex-employee who was fired for twice testing positive for marijuana must arbitrate his wrongful termination claim in London.

  • June 17, 2024

    Ex-Energy Minister Revives Bid To Ax Libel Defense

    A lawyer for an Iraqi politician said an investigative journalism article about the Iraqi oil business is "cherry-picking" bits of a court judgment to "create a story of corruption," urging a judge Monday to throw out the journalists' defense to his libel claim.

  • June 17, 2024

    Law Firm Worker Wins Bid To Quash Disciplinary Sanctions

    A legal worker successfully got his sanction quashed by a disciplinary tribunal on Monday, with the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal overturning a ban placed on him for allegedly misleading the court and pretending to be a solicitor when he was not qualified in England and Wales.

  • June 17, 2024

    Blind Man Denied A Work Buddy Wins Discrimination Claim

    A blind employee won his discrimination case against a Welsh bakery when an employment tribunal found that the bakery didn't give him time to familiarize himself with his surroundings or offer him a "buddy" while he adjusted to his new workplace.

  • June 17, 2024

    Foreign Exchange Biz To Pay £61K Over Demotion

    A foreign exchange firm must pay £61,993 ($78,535) to a senior employee after an employment tribunal ruled that its decision to nix his desk management role was a demotion that amounted to a dismissal.

  • June 17, 2024

    Judge Axes Ex-Stobart CEO's Conspiracy Claim

    Allowing Stobart Group's former chief executive to reargue that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair would be "an abuse of process," a London court ruled Monday as it struck out his claim against the company and five of its directors.

  • June 17, 2024

    StanChart Investors Can 'Piggyback' On US Sanctions Claims

    Standard Chartered PLC lost its bid at a London appellate court on Monday to toss accusations by investors that the bank downplayed by hundreds of billions of dollars the extent to which it had breached U.S. sanctions against Iran.

  • June 17, 2024

    Spain Revives State Immunity Bid To Ax €120M Award

    Spain urged an appeals court on Monday to set aside a €120 million ($128 million) arbitration award granted to two investors after it slashed its economic incentives for renewable energy, arguing that the country was immune from the jurisdiction of the English courts.

  • June 17, 2024

    Housing Trust Workers Win £95K Over Racial Bias Claims

    A tribunal has ordered one of the U.K.'s largest housing associations to pay two mixed-race employees a total of almost £95,000 ($120,000) after ruling that it had failed to ensure that its recruitment process avoided racial bias.

Expert Analysis

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: Spanish Judicial Oversight

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    The recent conviction of arbitrator Gonzalo Stampa underscores the critical importance of judicial authority in the realm of international arbitration in Spain, and emphasizes that arbitrators must respect the procedural frameworks established by Spanish national courts, says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray’s Inn.

  • F1 Driver AI Case Sheds Light On Winning Tactics In IP Suits

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    A German court recently awarded damages to former F1 driver Michael Schumacher's family in an artificial intelligence dispute over the unlicensed use of his image, illustrating how athletes are using the law to protect their brands, and setting a precedent in other AI-generated image rights cases, William Bowyer at Lawrence Stephens.

  • High Court Ruling Sheds Light On Targets For Judicial Review

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of iDealing.com's judicial review application for service complaint decisions by the Financial Ombudsman Service highlights the difficulty of distinguishing what decisions are amenable to judicial review, demonstrating that those made by statutory bodies may not always be genuine targets, say Alexander Fawke, Tara Janus and Bam Thomas at Linklaters.

  • Appeal Ruling Clarifies 3rd-Party Contract Breach Liability

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Northamber v. Genee World serves as a warning to parties that they may be held liable for inducing another party to breach a contract, even if that party was a willing participant, say Neil Blake, Maura McIntosh and Jennifer O'Brien at HSL.

  • CPR Proposal Affirms The Emphasis On Early Mediation

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    While the recent proposal to incorporate mandatory alternative dispute resolution into the Civil Procedure Rules following a 2023 appeal decision would not lead to seismic change, given current practice, it signals a shift in how litigation should be pursued toward out-of-court solutions, say Heather Welham and Cyra Roshan at Foot Anstey.

  • How Law Firms Can Handle Challenges Of Mass Claims

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    With a wave of volume litigation possibly about to hit the U.K. courts, firms developing mass claim practices should ensure they heed the Solicitors Regulation Authority's May warning and adopt strategies to ensure regulatory compliance and fair client representation, says Claire Van der Zant at Shieldpay.

  • Potential EPO Reproducibility Ruling May Affect IP Strategies

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    A potential European Patent Office decision in referral G1/23, concerning the reproducibility criteria for patenting commercial products, may affect how disclosures are assessed as prior art and could influence how companies weigh protecting innovations as trade secrets versus patents, says Michael Stott at Mathys & Squire.

  • Insurance Ruling Stresses High Hurdle To Fix Policy Wording

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    In Project Angel v. Axis, the Court of Appeal recently refused to rewrite the exclusion clause of an insurance policy, reminding parties in the warranty and indemnity market to carefully word clauses, as there is a high threshold before courts will intervene to amend policies, say Joseph Moore and Laura McCann at Travers Smith.

  • Taking Stock Of Changes UK Economic Crime Act Will Bring

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    With more than six months since the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act's enactment, it is time to look at the steps organizations can take to prepare for imminent changes, including the new failure to prevent fraud offense and extensions to Companies House authority, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

  • Sanctions Ruling Opens Door For Enforcer To Clear Up Rules

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    In Vneshprombank v. Bedzhamov, the High Court recently argued against a broader interpretation of the test on reasonable suspicion for asset freezes, offering the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation an opportunity to clarify when freezes should be applied and respond to judicial criticism of its guidance on financial sanctions, says Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • UPC Appeal Ruling Clarifies Language Change Framework

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    In 10x Genomics v. Curio Bioscience, the Unified Patent Court recently allowed proceedings to be conducted in English, rather than German, shedding light on the framework on UPC language change applications and hopefully helping prevent future disputes, say Conor McLaughlin and Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Generative AI Can Enhance Disclosure Review Processes

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    As recent developments show that implementing artificial intelligence in legal processes remains a critical challenge, the disclosure process — one of the most document-intensive legal exercises — presents itself as a prime use-case, illustrating how generative AI can supplement traditional technology-assisted review, say lawyers at Macfarlanes.

  • Decoding Arbitral Disputes: The Benefits Of Non-EU Venues

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    In Spain v. Triodos, a Swedish appeal court recently annulled an intra-EU investment treaty award, reinforcing a growing trend in the bloc against enforcing such awards, and highlighting the advantages of initiating enforcement proceedings in common law jurisdictions, such as the U.K., says Josep Galvez at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.

  • Experian Ruling Helps Cos. Navigate GDPR Transparency

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    In Information Commissioner v. Experian, the Upper Tribunal recently reaffirmed the lawfulness of the company's marketing practices, providing guidance that will assist organizations in complying with the GDPR’s transparency obligations, say lawyers at Jenner & Block.

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