Commercial Litigation UK

  • June 27, 2024

    Barclays Says Businessmen Breached £13.7M Freezing Order

    Barclays Bank PLC told a London court Thursday that three businessmen breached a freezing order by moving assets offshore as it sued them, claiming they conspired to take £13.7 million ($17.4 million) by exploiting its overdraft mechanism.

  • June 27, 2024

    NCA Must Reconsider Uyghur Chinese Cotton Probe

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency must reconsider its decision refusing to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced by the forced labor of Uyghur people in China, a London appellate court ruled Thursday in a first-of-its-kind decision that could disrupt retail supply chains.

  • June 27, 2024

    NFT Game CEO Accuses Collaborator Of Keeping Biz Info

    The CEO of an NFT-winning online game has accused his former collaborator of refusing to hand over confidential information belonging to his gaming company after the pair's professional relationship broke down.

  • June 27, 2024

    Temu Says Ads Did Not Mislead Shoppers In Dr. Martens Suit

    Chinese fast-fashion giant Temu has denied claims that it promoted copycat Dr. Martens on sponsored Google search results, arguing that consumers would be unlikely to confuse boots sold on its platform for the famous British boots.

  • June 27, 2024

    EasyGroup Can't Claim TM It Isn't Using, Van Rental Biz Says

    Car and van rental firm Easihire has hit back in London court at easyGroup's claims of trademark infringement, arguing that the low-cost giant should lose the "easyHire" mark it relied on because it hadn't even used it.

  • June 27, 2024

    Xeinadin Sues Ex-Director, Wife Over Breach Of Duties

    Xeinadin has sued the former director of an accountancy firm it acquired and his wife for more than £1 million ($1.2 million) it claims it is owed from the deal to buy their stake in the firm after it sacked him amid allegations of fraud.

  • June 27, 2024

    Saleswoman Wins Claim Rejecting Work-From-Home Ask

    A saleswoman has been awarded £2,771 ($3,430) compensation over a rejected hybrid work request, after an employment tribunal ruled that her bosses should have dealt with her query and the appeal process differently.

  • June 27, 2024

    Translator Agency For MOJ Allegedly Misclassifying Workers

    A translator agency that provides services to the Ministry of Justice and holds a £15 million ($18 million) government contract is allegedly misclassifying its interpreters and denying them workers' rights, according to Leigh Day.

  • June 27, 2024

    Shell, Insurer Sue Oil Co. For $3.7M Over Cargo Failures

    Shell Trading International Ltd. and its insurer have sued a Greek oil company for $3.7 million after claiming the near 30,000 metric tons of bitumen it bought from the European business did not comply with the agreed specification or quality.

  • June 27, 2024

    Bias Claims Against Royal Air Force Get Second Wind

    An ex-recruit from the Royal Air Force can pursue further discrimination claims against his bosses, after an appeals tribunal ruled that previous judges rejected his tardy amendments without hearing his explanations for the delay.

  • June 27, 2024

    Prince Harry Must Disclose Ghostwriter Texts To News Group

    Prince Harry was ordered by a judge Thursday to provide documents including messages between him and his ghostwriter to the U.K. arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire in its fight against his invasion of privacy claim, after the publisher accused the royal of destroying evidence.

  • June 27, 2024

    Chubb Claims No Liability In $219M Stranded Jets Row

    Chubb has denied that it owes a Bermuda-based subsidiary of a U.S. aircraft lessor in a $219 million row over a fleet of aircraft engines stranded in Russia and Ukraine because the planes are not lost and its policy does not cover war risk.

  • July 04, 2024

    Foot Anstey's IP Leaders Exit To Launch Boutique

    The former heads of Foot Anstey LLP's intellectual property team have set up their own shop with the help of Excello Law, launching a full-service IP boutique based in Manchester and London in response to a changing legal landscape.

  • June 27, 2024

    R&Q Insurance Appoints Liquidators To Push $465M Sale

    R&Q Insurance said Thursday that the Supreme Court of Bermuda has given it a green light to appoint three joint provisional liquidators to oversee the complete winding up of the troubled insurer.

  • June 27, 2024

    Amazon Hit With Fresh £2.7B Class Action By Online Sellers

    Amazon was hit Thursday with a £2.7 billion ($3.4 billion) class action claim in London for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the supply of e-commerce marketplace services and discriminating against more than 200,000 U.K. sellers on its platform.

  • June 26, 2024

    EU Court Tosses Spanish Shipping Cos. State Aid Appeal

    A European court on Wednesday once again dismissed a 2014 challenge to the European Commission's move to block a Spanish tax scheme benefiting Spanish shipbuilders and their suppliers.

  • June 26, 2024

    Serco Case Could Spur Claims Despite Absence Of Case Law

    Serco's recent mid-trial settlement with investors over an overcharging scandal means key legal questions in a novel area of law remain untested — but suggests there is value to be had for shareholders suing several other London-listed companies following stock price drops.

  • June 26, 2024

    Financier Seeks Absolution In Vatican Real Estate Deal Trial

    An Italian financier and his companies argued at a London trial Wednesday that the Vatican's allegations that he was involved in an unlawful conspiracy over a London property deal are "incoherent and confused," claiming he acted in good faith throughout the transactions.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ex-BHS Director Ordered To Pay £50M Over Firm's Collapse

    A London judge has ordered a former director of the now-defunct British Home Stores to pay £50 million ($63.2 million) in damages after concluding he had committed trading misfeasance and wrongful trading during the company's high-profile downfall.

  • June 26, 2024

    Fidelis Says Aircraft Lessors Not Covered Under Russian Law

    Fidelis Underwriting Ltd. has said that the lessor and owners of three aircraft stranded in Russia after the country's invasion of Ukraine cannot reclaim $77.2 million for the planes from the reinsurer because they are not insured parties under Russian law.

  • June 26, 2024

    Poultry Biz Wins Appeal Over Workers' Travel Time Pay

    An appellate judge ruled Wednesday that a poultry company does not have to pay its workers for the time they spent traveling to and from poultry farms, overturning a lower tribunal's ruling in favor of the U.K.'s tax authority.

  • June 26, 2024

    Gas Plant Subcontractor Fights £170M Fraud Suit On Appeal

    A gas plant subcontractor relaunched its fight on Wednesday to strike out an engineering company's £170 million ($215 million) claim that it lied about its experience building similar plants ahead of a failed project.

  • June 26, 2024

    Workers Can Appeal Dyson Forced Labor Case In Malaysia

    Migrant workers in Malaysia have won their bid for a second chance to convince the courts that their allegations of forced labor and mistreatment by their employer, ATA Industrial, a large publicly listed Malaysian manufacturer, should be heard in the U.K., the law firm representing them said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Mitie Settles £260M Prison Contract Award Dispute With Gov't

    The U.K.'s Ministry of Justice has settled a claim brought by prison services contractor Mitie that accused the government of unlawfully awarding a £260 million ($328 million) prison management contract to its rival.

  • June 26, 2024

    Volvo Gets Green Light For Headlight TM

    A European court handed Volvo a win Wednesday after ruling that earlier judges wrongly rejected its mark for a headlight shaped like Thor's hammer, deeming it an unusual shape for the car market.

Expert Analysis

  • Top Court Hire Car Ruling Affects 3rd-Party Negligence Cases

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Armstead v. Royal & Sun Alliance, finding that an insurer was responsible for lost car rental income after an accident, has significant implications for arguing economic loss and determining burden of proof in third-party negligence cases that trigger contractual liabilities, say lawyers at Macfarlanes.

  • Bribery Class Action Ruling May Revive Bifurcated Processes

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision allowing the representative bribery action in Commission Recovery v. Marks & Clerk offers renewed hope for claimants to advance class claims using a bifurcated process amid its general absence as of late, say Jon Gale and Justin Browne at Ashurst.

  • Ocado Appeal Outcome Will Gauge UPC Transparency

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    As the sole Unified Patent Court case concerning third-party requests for court records, the forthcoming appeal decision in Ocado v. Autostore will hopefully set out a clear and consistent way to handle reasoned requests, as access to nonconfidential documents will surely lead to more efficient conduct of proceedings, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • The Good, The Bad And The New Of The UK Sanctions Regime

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    Almost six years after the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act was introduced, the U.K. government has published a strategy paper that outlines its focus points and unveils potential changes to the regime, such as a new humanitarian exception for financial sanctions, highlighting the rapid transformation of the U.K. sanctions landscape, says Josef Rybacki at WilmerHale.

  • Unpacking The Building Safety Act's Industry Overhaul

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    Recent updates to the Building Safety Act introduce a new principal designer role and longer limitation periods for defects claims, ushering in new compliance challenges for construction industry stakeholders to navigate, as well as a need to affirm that their insurance arrangements provide adequate protection, say Zoe Eastell and Zack Gould-Wilson at RPC.

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • BT Case May Shape UK Class Action Landscape

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    The first opt-out collective action trial commenced in Le Patourel v. BT in the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal last month, regarding BT's abuse of dominance by overcharging millions of customers, will likely provide clarification on damages and funder returns in collective actions, which could significantly affect the class action regime, say lawyers at RPC.

  • Key Points From EC Economic Security Screening Initiatives

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    Lawyers at Herbert Smith analyze the European Commission's five recently announced initiatives aimed at de-risking the EU's trade and investment links with third countries, including the implementation of mandatory screening mechanisms and extending coverage to investments made by EU companies that are controlled subsidiaries of non-EU investors.

  • Following The Road Map Toward Quantum Security

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent publication of a white paper on a quantum-secure financial sector, firms should begin to consider the quantum transition early — before the process is driven by regulatory obligations — with the goal of developing a cybersecurity architecture that is agile while also allowing for quantum security, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • Why EU Ruling On Beneficial Ownership May Affect The UK

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    Following the EU judgment in Sovim v. Luxembourg that public access to beneficial ownership information conflicts with data protection rights, several British overseas territories and dependencies have recently reversed their commitment to introduce unrestricted access, and challenges to the U.K.’s liberal stance may be on the cards, says Rupert Cullen at Allectus Law.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • AI Is Outpacing IP Law Frameworks

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    In Thaler v. Comptroller-General, the U.K. Supreme Court recently ruled that artificial intelligence can't be an inventor, but the discussion on the relationship between AI and intellectual property law is far from over, and it's clear that technology is developing faster than the legal framework, says Stephen Carter at The Intellectual Property Works.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

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