Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 29, 2020

    Pharma Suppliers Appeal CMA Action Over UK Market Rig

    A pharmaceutical company and a former pharma executive have appealed the fines imposed on them by the UK's antitrust regulator for allegedly rigging the drug market's supply of an antidepressant drug.

  • May 29, 2020

    EasyJet Hit With £18B Class Action Testing Value Of Privacy

    More than 6,000 EasyJet customers are gearing up to test European Union data rules in a group lawsuit seeking damages from the airline after a cyberattack left their personal details exposed to hackers, lawyers representing the claimants said.  

  • May 29, 2020

    PE Firm Asks For Barclays' Legal Docs Ahead Of Fraud Trial

    Barclays Bank PLC should have to hand over all of the legal advice it received before paying Qatar millions of pounds for advisory services during the financial crisis, as it has waived any privilege over the communication, a private equity firm suing the bank argued Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    7 Questions for A&O's Global Disputes Head Karen Seward

    Karen Seward, global head of Allen & Overy LLP's litigation, talks to Law360 about her practice, the importance of authenticity and how her firm is dealing with COVID-19.

  • May 29, 2020

    Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Creator Can't Sue Over Libel In UK

    The Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a computer scientist claiming to be the inventor of Bitcoin can't bring his defamation suit in England against an investor who called him a fraud online, saying the reach of the social media sites is largely in the U.S.

  • May 29, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen German financier Lars Windhorst dragged into court by a hospitality company, an Emirati lender sue former executives of a scandal-hit health company, and a bank representing the estate of musical artist Prince file IP claims against a unit of a major record label.

  • May 29, 2020

    Legal Malpractice Insurer's Fee Claims Set For Virtual Trial

    A fully remote trial will be held for a professional indemnity insurer's claims against eight Lloyd's syndicates that seeks pay for work done handling law firm claims after their agreement ended, a London judge decided Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    UK's Biggest Broker Submits Policies For FCA Test Case

    Insurance broker Marsh has handed texts of its policies on business interruption to the Financial Conduct Authority as the City watchdog prepares a High Court test case over pandemic cover for companies that have suffered losses during the pandemic lockdown.

  • May 29, 2020

    Former Lehman Bros Administrators Cleared of Liability

    A judge formally declared on Friday that the administrators for the European subsidiary of Lehman Brothers are not liable for their work in securing assets on behalf of creditors of the defunct investment bank after the committee failed to clear the PricewaterhouseCoopers employees before disbanding.

  • May 29, 2020

    Jersey's Baker & Partners Adds Fraud Expert To London Team

    Law firm Baker & Partners has hired a forensic accountant and asset-tracing expert from Grant Thornton to join the fraud and asset recovery practice at its new London office.

  • May 28, 2020

    Venezuelan Prez Question Made Priority In $1B Gold Dispute

    The English courts must determine who the U.K. government formally recognizes as president of Venezuela before hearing any bid for forcing the release of €930 million ($1 billion) of the country's gold from the Bank of England's vaults, a London judge ruled Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Serco Shareholders Defend Ownership Rights In Fraud Suit

    A group of shareholders suing security outsourcing giant Serco over fraud and false accounting revelations that ravaged the company's stock price have insisted they have "sufficient interest" in the company shares to be compensated even if they own them indirectly.

  • May 28, 2020

    BP Sues Glencore Over $11.6M Loss On Contaminated Oil

    BP Oil International Ltd. slapped Glencore Energy's U.K. unit with an $11.6 million suit saying it was sold a bad batch of Russian crude oil and suffered financial losses as a result.

  • May 28, 2020

    NatWest Accused Of Falling Short In $5M Push Payment Fraud

    A Saudi unit of Maire Tecnimont SpA sued National Westminster Bank PLC for falling short of its responsibilities to the engineering giant after it was the victim of a $5 million push-payment fraud to let it recover the funds.

  • May 28, 2020

    Signature Snags Litigation Partner From Freshfields

    London disputes law firm Signature Litigation LLP said Thursday it has snapped up the former head of the commercial disputes group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a new partner for its City office.

  • May 28, 2020

    ECJ Told It Can't Hear Damages Suit On Cyprus Bank Crisis

    The European Union's highest court does not have jurisdiction to hear claims against the Eurogroup for compensation by a group of depositors and bondholders in Cypriot banks that were restructured after the country's financial crisis, an adviser to the court said Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Shell Targets Nigerian Oil Spill Claims After UK Setback

    Lawyers for a Royal Dutch Shell unit renewed their assault on a faltering class action for damages in England following a massive oil spill in Nigeria, telling a judge on Thursday that there is little to unite thousands of villagers claiming they were affected by environmental pollution.

  • May 27, 2020

    Sports Direct Can't Get Quick Probe Of Debenhams Sale

    A judge on Wednesday rejected a call to immediately appoint an independent investigator to review last year's sale of U.K. department store chain Debenhams PLC's business to its lenders, saying the request from minority shareholder Sports Direct was "draconian."

  • May 27, 2020

    Philip Morris Hits Back At British American Tobacco In IP Row

    Philip Morris has struck back at a British American Tobacco subsidiary in a fight over e-cigarette technology, accusing the company of infringing three U.K. patents its rival is seeking to invalidate.

  • May 27, 2020

    Greensill Drops Reuters Libel Case After Early Ruling

    Greensill Capital has dropped a libel suit against Reuters in London over a story that reported the financing group made a false statement to the bond market in 2018, the news agency confirmed Wednesday.

  • May 27, 2020

    UK COVID-19 Lending Programs Ripe For Abuse

    The COVID-19 crisis is poised to spur enforcement action and litigation over potential misconduct involving billions of pounds in emergency funding dished out under Britain's government-backed coronavirus lending schemes.

  • May 27, 2020

    Merchants Sue Worldpay To Recoup $5M In Security Deposits

    Nearly two dozen companies have launched lawsuits in London against payment processor Worldpay and its affiliates to recoup some $5.4 million in security deposits allegedly held but not returned after their business partnership ended.

  • May 27, 2020

    NatWest Ducks Libor-Rigging Case After Missed Deadline

    A trust for the owners of a luxury travel business cannot fight NatWest for more than £8 million ($9.8 million) over an interest rate scandal that rocked British lenders, as a judge said Wednesday that the lawsuit had been filed 13 days late.

  • May 26, 2020

    Grant Thornton Avoids Scottish $905K Bad Tax Advice Claim

    Grant Thornton's U.K. business doesn't owe a Scottish auto dealer almost £734,000 ($905,000) for not notifying the dealer that selling his business would trigger capital gains tax he could have avoided, a Scottish court ruled.

  • May 26, 2020

    GE Denied Docs Linked To HMRC's Proposed Fraud Claims

    A judge on Tuesday refused to let General Electric get an early look at documents connected to potential fraud allegations from the U.K.'s tax authority over information that subsidiaries of the multinational company provided to get tax relief for overseas investment.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Lawyers Can Adapt Due Diligence To Screen New Clients

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    As COVID-19-related fraud gains pace, U.K.-based practitioners should help combat money laundering by using alternative methods to verify that new clients are who they say they are, says Christopher Convey, a barrister at 33 Chancery Lane and chair of the Bar Council's Money Laundering Working Group.

  • A Powerful Lesson In UK Data Protection Law Restrictions

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    While data protection laws are not naturally associated with efforts to impede the use of the death penalty, a recent U.K. Supreme Court ruling related to the U.S. investigation of an ISIS militant has implications for authorities seeking to transfer data to international counterparts, as well as private data controls generally, says David Rundle at WilmerHale.

  • A Look Forward To UK Banking Litigation In The 2020s

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    With an eye on the impact of COVID-19 and the evolving threat of financial crime, Christa Band and Jane Larner at Linklaters provide an overview of the near-future challenges financial institutions should expect.

  • 6 Areas Where UK Class Actions May Increase

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    Class actions have been growing in prominence in the U.K. courts for a number of years, and the pandemic clearly has the potential to exacerbate that trend in certain areas in the coming weeks, months and years, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • 4 Exceptions To Termination Of Intra-EU Investor Arbitration

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    An agreement for the termination of intra-European Union bilateral investment treaties signed last week was intended to eliminate arbitration claims brought outside of the member states' court systems, but may have left certain avenues for such claims, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • A UK Business View Of COVID-19's Economic Fallout

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    Covington attorneys Alex Leitch and Harry Denlegh-Maxwell provide a bird's-eye view of how U.K. businesses will navigate the legal and economic aftermath of the pandemic, including discussion of where litigation funding, class actions, insurance disputes and force majeure fit it.

  • Arbitration As A New Normal May Hinge On Cybersecurity

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    Aside from certain hearings that might not be suitably conducted via videoconferencing, the disruptive impact of COVID-19 on international arbitration has been relatively modest — however widescale remote work exacerbates the gaps in cybersecurity, say Claire Morel de Westgaver and Rachel Chiu at Bryan Cave.

  • Virtual Trials Are A Brave New World For UK Litigation

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    The English High Courts' shift to virtual hearings has dramatically altered courtroom dynamics, introducing many new variables and forfeiting the benefit of nonverbal communication, says Tom Sprange QC at King & Spalding.

  • Safeguarding Foreign Investments During A Pandemic

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    Investment agreements can protect foreign holdings when governmental measures in response to COVID-19 are overly restrictive, unnecessarily protracted or discriminatory, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Ukraine's Litigation Funding Push May Help Fight Corruption

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    Ukraine’s new third-party litigation funding initiative for civil cross-border actions may significantly strengthen the country's fight against corruption by helping with costs for proceedings against foreign criminals, says Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Int'l Arbitration Continues Apace Despite Pandemic

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    While the COVID-19 pandemic presents unparalleled challenges, arbitral institutions worldwide are responding with flexibility and professionalism to ensure that international arbitration continues to deliver prompt and effective justice, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • UK Data Breach Ruling Clarifies Employers' Vicarious Liability

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's decision in the WM Morrison Supermarkets data breach group action confirms that employers cannot be held liable for employee actions related to a personal vendetta against the company, but most vicarious liability cases may not be as clear-cut, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Time For Presumptive Virtual Mediation In The UK

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    While the COVID-19 outbreak is a real-time test of the U.K. justice system’s adaptability and innovation, it is also an opportunity to deliver alternative dispute resolution through virtual technology — and there are two ways in which this could be achieved, says Suzanne Rab at Serle Court.

  • UK Decision Highlights Contract Enforceability Considerations

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    The U.K. Court of Appeals' recent decision in Filatona Trading v. Navigator Equities — concluding that an unnamed party could seek enforcement of a contract — sheds light on undisclosed principals' rights and obligations, and the interaction between agency and contract law, says Jonathan Swil at Shearman & Sterling.

  • 4th Circ. Foreign Discovery Ruling Champions Int'l Arbitration

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    In Servotronics v. Boeing, the Fourth Circuit aligned with a watershed Sixth Circuit ruling in holding that a federal discovery statute can be used to obtain evidence in private arbitration held outside the U.S., possibly making international arbitration more attractive for U.S. parties, says James McLoughlin at Moore & Van Allen.

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