Commercial Litigation UK

  • May 08, 2024

    Litigation Funder Probably Owned By Sanctioned Oligarchs

    A court has found that there is "reasonable cause" to suspect that a litigation-funder that backs a $1.34 billion fraud claim from a collapsed Russian bank against its former owner is controlled by individuals sanctioned in the U.K.

  • May 08, 2024

    South Africa Immune To Sunken WWII Silver Salvage Claim

    Britain's highest court ruled Wednesday that South Africa has sovereign immunity against a salvage repayment claim from a company that recovered around $43 million worth of silver bullion from a cargo ship sunk during the Second World War.

  • May 07, 2024

    Climate Cases Haven't Hurt Oil, Gas Credit Quality, S&P Says

    Climate change litigation has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, increasing climate litigation risk, but the credit quality of the oil and gas sector has remained unaffected, S&P Global Ratings concluded in a report published Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Uniper Looks To Nix Russian Court's Anti-Arbitration Order

    German energy company Uniper has appealed a Russian court ruling threatening a multibillion euro fine if it continues to pursue an arbitration claim in Sweden that accuses the Russian company Gazprom of reneging on a contract to deliver gas, the company said Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Lawmakers Told To Fix 'Abusive' County Court System

    Ongoing delays in the county courts are "abusive" to vulnerable litigants who are forced to abandon their cases amid a lack of resources, a London academic told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Solicitor Faces Tribunal Over Asking Client For Sexual Images

    A solicitor is facing a disciplinary tribunal over allegations that he duped a vulnerable client into sending him sexually explicit images of herself by claiming he needed them to prevent her ex-husband from posting them as revenge porn.

  • May 07, 2024

    Black Teacher Fired For Covering Up CCTV Of Fight

    A teacher lost his race discrimination claims against his former employer, after a tribunal ruled that his bosses' decision to fire him was due purely to his conduct and the fact he covered up a CCTV camera during a classroom fight.

  • May 07, 2024

    Moderna Says Pledge Didn't Waive COVID Vaccine Patent Rights

    Moderna and Pfizer questioned expert witnesses on U.S. federal law on Tuesday in their London court battle over whether Moderna is bound by its pledge not to enforce its COVID-19 vaccine patent rights against those making vaccines to combat the virus during the pandemic.

  • May 07, 2024

    Businessman Asks Top Court To Block £19M UAE Debt Claim

    A businessman's family took its fight with a UAE bank to Britain's highest court Tuesday over an alleged £19 million ($24 million) debt, arguing that the lender should not be allowed to collect on debts he says are illegitimate and a result of fraud.

  • May 07, 2024

    Iceland Supermarket Hit With Kebab Co.'s TM Claim

    A kebab meat supplier has accused frozen food supermarket Iceland of using the trademark for its logo on several of its food items, even after the company stopped supplying the shop with its own products.

  • May 07, 2024

    Spacey To Face UK Civil Trial Over Sex Assault Claim

    Kevin Spacey successfully bid to overturn a default judgment against him at a London court on Tuesday — but the actor now faces a trial to fight off a man's £457,000 ($574,000) sexual assault claim.

  • May 07, 2024

    Court Of Appeal To Hear Secret Judicial Appointment Case

    The Court of Appeal will hear a judge's challenge to a secretive part of the judicial appointment process that critics argue hinders efforts to diversify the bench, the GMB Union said on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Plans To Expand Public Access To Court Docs 'Go Too Far'

    Proposals to radically expand access for members of the public to court documents risk disproportionately burdening court staff and lawyers with work and could lead to additional costs, legal experts have said.

  • May 07, 2024

    Regeneron Hit With Eye Medicine Patent Challenge In UK

    A biosimilars specialist and its licensing partner have challenged the validity of Regeneron's U.K. eye medicine patents amid their plans to market an alternative version, telling a London court that the medicine lacks inventiveness and is not worthy of protection.

  • May 07, 2024

    Apple Seeks To Block 'Hopeless' £853M Battery Class Action

    Apple urged an appeals court on Tuesday to allow it to challenge a £853 million ($1 billion) proposed class action that accuses it of concealing problems with batteries in the phones of 24 million customers, arguing there is no evidence to support the "hopeless" claim.

  • May 07, 2024

    Bus Driver Gets £13K For Unfair Dismissal During Pandemic

    A London bus driver who did not turn up to work for almost six months following the outbreak of COVID-19 has been awarded £13,400 ($16,810) after he was unfairly dismissed by his employer.

  • May 03, 2024

    Gov't Emission-Cutting Plan Falls Short In Court Again

    Environmental campaigners on Friday successfully challenged the U.K. government's revised strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, after a London court ruled that a minister approved the plan with a "mistaken understanding" that it would achieve its environmental targets.

  • May 03, 2024

    Headmaster, Teacher To Face Coworker's Discrimination Claim

    An appeals tribunal has ruled that the headmaster and former colleague of a primary school teacher are both individually on the hook for her disability discrimination claims because an earlier tribunal wrongly found the discrimination needed to be deliberate.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

  • May 03, 2024

    Political Aide Asks Tribunal For Damages Over Unfair Sacking

    A former Labour Party staff member argued for more than £200,000 ($250,000) in damages on Friday after she won her tribunal claim alleging that the MP she worked for had fired her after she blew the whistle on misconduct that included antisemitism.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    Arts Charity Sues Over Queen's Holographic Portrait

    An arts charity has sued an artist for infringing the copyright it owns in a series of portraits it commissioned of the queen, claiming that he owes the organization £100,000 ($125,500) and substantial fees from unlicensed sales.

  • May 03, 2024

    Frasers Group Drops €50M Case Against Morgan Stanley

    Retail giant Frasers Group PLC has withdrawn its €50 million ($54 million) legal claim in London against Morgan Stanley over a margin call of almost $1 billion on Hugo Boss stock options, the bank said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Cable Makers Must Face Class Action From UK Energy Customers

    Britain's antitrust court gave the go-ahead Friday for the former director of the U.K. gas regulator to lead a class action for millions of electricity customers in Britain against manufacturers of high-voltage power cables that are accused of fixing prices.

  • May 02, 2024

    Whistleblower Claims Would 'Destroy' Autonomy, GC Was Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in the criminal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that the company's chief operating officer didn't want a whistleblower's claims to get into court, telling him that while the "law" was on their side, "the facts look bad" and would "destroy Autonomy."

Expert Analysis

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • English Could Be The Future Language Of The UPC

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    While most Unified Patent Court proceedings are currently held in German, the recent decisions in Plant-e v. Arkyne and Amgen v. Sanofi potentially signal that English will be the preferred language, particularly in cases involving small and medium enterprises, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • Arbitration Remains Attractive For Digital Disputes In 2024

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    Recent regulatory and digital forum developments highlight that, in 2024, arbitration will continue to adapt to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency, and remain an attractive forum for resolving digital disputes due to its flexibility, confidentiality and comparative ease to enforce cross-border awards, says Peter Smith at Charles Russell.

  • Key Employer Lessons From 2023 Neurodiversity Case Uptick

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    The rise in neurodiversity cases in U.K. employment tribunals last year emphasizes the growing need for robust occupational health support, and that employers must acknowledge and adjust for individuals with disabilities in their workplaces to ensure compliance and foster a neurodiverse-friendly work environment, says Emily Cox at Womble Bond.

  • A Look At 2023's Landmark Insolvency Developments

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    The insolvency landscape in 2023 witnessed pivotal court decisions that will continue to shape the industry in 2024, with a focus on refining director and administrator duties and obligations, and addressing emerging challenges, says Kerri Wilson at Ontier.

  • Hague Judgments Treaty May Boost UK-EU Cooperation

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    The U.K.'s recent decision to sign the Hague Judgments Convention could help rebuild post-Brexit judicial cooperation with the EU by creating a holistic arrangement on mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments, say Patrick Robinson and Stephen Lacey at Linklaters.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • Key 2024 Arbitration Trends In A Changing World

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    As key sectors such as ESG and the global mining and commodities market will continue to generate more arbitration in 2024, procedural developments in arbitral law will both guide future arbitration proceedings and provide helpful lessons on confidentiality, disclosure and professional duty, say Louise Woods and Elena Guillet at V&E.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • Regulating Digital Platforms: What's Changing In EU And UK

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    Lawyers at Mayer Brown assess the status of recently enacted EU and U.K. antitrust regulation governing gatekeeper platforms, noting that the effects are already being felt, and that companies will need to avoid anti-competitive self-preferencing and ensure a higher degree of interoperability than has been required to date.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • 9 Takeaways From The UPC's First 6 Months In Session

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    Six months after its opening, the Unified Patent Court has established itself as an appealing jurisdiction, with its far territorial reach, short filing deadlines and extremely quick issuance of preliminary injunctions showing that it is well-prepared to provide for rapid legal clarity, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • How Boards Can Mitigate Privacy, Cybersecurity And AI Risks

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    In 2023, data privacy, cybersecurity and AI persist as prominent C-suite concerns as regulators stepped up enforcement, and organizations must develop a plan for handling these risks, in particular those with a global footprint, say lawyers at Latham.

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