Commercial Litigation UK

  • July 02, 2024

    Canal Owner Can Sue United Utilities For Sewage Pollution

    Britain's highest court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that a shipping canal owner can bring a private law claim against the utility business that it alleged polluted its waterway, a landmark decision that could spur further claims against water companies.

  • July 02, 2024

    HSBC Beats Former Risk Chief's Race Bias Case

    HSBC has dodged claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal from a former financial risk chief after the High Street bank proved that it let him go because his role had become redundant, convincing a tribunal that race played no part in the decision.

  • July 01, 2024

    German Co. Says Burford Fight Can Be Litigated

    A company suing the German arm of law firm Hausfeld LLP for allegedly trying to circumvent a German ban on contingency fees in certain antitrust litigation is arguing that its discovery request to litigation funder Burford Capital for use in the Hausfeld litigation doesn't belong in arbitration in London.

  • July 01, 2024

    Solicitor's COVID Letters Had 'No Legal Merit,' SRA Says

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority accused a solicitor at a London tribunal Monday of wrongly sending threatening legal letters to bodies for his clients who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the letters had "no legal merit."

  • July 01, 2024

    Artist Not Entitled To Exhibition Profits, Argues Arts Charity

    A charity has argued that an artist it previously sued for £100,000 ($125,500) over holographic portraits of the queen wasn't entitled to profits from a 2012 exhibition of those works.

  • July 01, 2024

    Union Fights For Damages At UK Top Court In Dues Case

    A public services union took its bid for damages to the U.K.'s top court Monday, arguing that unions as well as employees should be awarded compensation after the government stopped deducting membership fees from civil servants' pay.

  • July 08, 2024

    Signature Litigation Opens In Frankfurt With Mayer Brown Duo

    Signature Litigation LLP announced it launched a new office Monday in Frankfurt, with two former Mayer Brown LLP partners joining the dispute resolution firm to spearhead its operations in Germany.

  • July 01, 2024

    Pilots Fight TUI Over Changed Income Protection Scheme

    A group of airline pilots launched their fight against TUI Airways Ltd. on Monday over allegations that the carrier breached their contracts by slashing its income protection policy for pilots who have to stop flying for health reasons.

  • July 01, 2024

    Accountant Loses Employee Status Bid In Partnership Fight

    A tax accountant has failed to convince an appeals tribunal that he was an employee at the time of his dismissal, because despite a "shambolic" transition and lack of a written agreement, the genuine intention was to promote him to partner.

  • July 01, 2024

    Company Director Accused Of Funds' Use For Own Expenses

    A supply chain company is suing a former director and his wife for over £2 million ($2.5 million), alleging he authorized company payments toward hotels in Dubai, a London private members club and his daughter's tuition fees for his family's benefit.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Appeals Court Rules Businesses Can't Claim Allowances

    Two U.K. businesses may not claim capital allowances from a transaction that was carried out as part of a marketed tax avoidance scheme, a British appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court's decision.

  • June 28, 2024

    No Judge Race Bias In £30M Fox Williams Negligence Case

    A London court has rejected a Black television producer's allegations that a judge racially discriminated against him when tossing out his case that Fox Williams LLP botched his £30 million ($38 million) game show copyright claim.

  • June 28, 2024

    Solicitors Bude Nathan Sued For £1m Over Property Advice

    Property solicitors Bude Nathan Iwanier LLP allegedly allowed a 94-year-old client to approve a £1 million ($1.26 million) loan he didn't understand and failed to warn of the risk a construction project might lose him his London home.

  • June 28, 2024

    Forced Labor Ruling To Spur NCA Scrutiny On Supply Chains

    An English appellate court's landmark findings that the National Crime Agency misunderstood the U.K.'s anti-money laundering powers could cast greater scrutiny on the extent of illicit goods flowing through companies' supply chains, lawyers say.

  • June 28, 2024

    Dexcom Wins Bid To Nix Abbott Patent For Glucose Monitor

    A London judge nixed an Abbott patent for its flagship glucose monitoring device on Friday, ruling that a previous patent application revealed its key idea of an integrated device and ways of implementing it.

  • July 05, 2024

    EIP Hires Patent Litigator From Hogan Lovells In Germany

    Intellectual property boutique EIP has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Hogan Lovells in Germany in a move to boost its disputes capabilities in relation to different fields of technology.

  • June 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    ING Claim Would Fund Sanctioned Billionaire, Tecnimont Says

    ING cannot recover money from Tecnimont in a €212 million ($227 million) bond dispute because compensating the Dutch lender would directly fund a sanctioned Russian billionaire, the Italian industrial group said in London court filings.

  • June 28, 2024

    Fidelis Claims No Liability In $23M Stranded Jet Spat

    Fidelis Underwriting Ltd. has hit back at another claim that it must pay out in a $23 million row over a leased plane stranded in Russia, arguing that no insured event has occurred, and that an Irish aviation lessor is not covered by the country's law.

  • June 28, 2024

    Manolete Sues MSR Partners For £15.6M Over Audit Failure

    Manolete Partners PLC has sued MSR Partners LLP for £15.6 million ($19.7 million), alleging that the accounting firm failed in auditing a peer-to-peer lending platform that went into administration in 2019.

  • June 27, 2024

    EU High Court Upends Servier Decrease Of Pay-For-Delay Fine

    French pharmaceutical giant Servier is back on the hook for all but €2.4 million ($2.57 million) of a more than €300 million European Union antitrust fine after the European Court of Justice upended a lower court decision that had reduced the penalty by over €100 million.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • New Fraud Prevention Offense May Not Make Much Difference

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    By targeting only large organizations, the Economic Crime Act's new failure to prevent fraud offense is striking in that, despite its breadth, it will affect so few companies, and is therefore unlikely to help ordinary victims, says Andrew Smith at Corker Binning.

  • Aldi Design Infringement Case Highlights Assessment Issues

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    The forthcoming English Court of Appeal decision in Marks and Spencer v. Aldi, regarding the alleged infringement of design rights, could provide practitioners with new guidance, particularly in relation to the relevant date for assessment of infringement and the weight that should be attributed to certain design elements in making this assessment, say Rory Graham and Georgia Davis at RPC.

  • Generative AI Raises IP, Data Protection And Contracts Issues

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    As the EU's recent agreement on the Artificial Intelligence Act has fueled businesses' interest in adopting generative AI tools, it is crucial to understand how these tools utilize material to generate output and what questions to ask in relation to intellectual property, data privacy and contracts, say lawyers at Deloitte Legal.

  • Decoding UK Case Law On Anti-Suit Injunctions

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    The English High Court's forthcoming decision on an anti-suit injunction filed in Augusta Energy v. Top Oil last month will provide useful guidance on application grounds for practitioners, but, pending that ruling, other recent decisions offer key considerations when making or resisting claims when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the contract, says Abigail Healey at Quillon Law.

  • Litigation Funding Implications Amid Post-PACCAR Disputes

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    An English tribunal's recent decision in Neill v. Sony, allowing an appeal on the enforceability of a litigation funding agreement, highlights how the legislative developments on funding limits following the U.K. Supreme Court's 2023 decision in Paccar v. Competition Appeal Tribunal may affect practitioners, say Andrew Leitch and Anoma Rekhi at BCLP.

  • EU Product Liability Reforms Represent A Major Shakeup

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    The recent EU Parliament and Council provisional agreement on a new product liability regime in Europe revises the existing strict liability rules for the first time in 40 years by easing the burden of proof to demonstrate that a product is defective, a hurdle that many had previously failed to overcome, say Anushi Amin and Edward Turtle at Cooley.

  • Zimbabwe Ruling Bolsters UK's Draw As Arbitration Enforcer

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    An English court's recent decision in Border Timbers v. Zimbabwe, finding that state immunity was irrelevant to registering an arbitration award, emphasizes the U.K.'s reputation as a creditor-friendly destination for award enforcement, say Jon Felce and Tulsi Bhatia at Cooke Young.

  • Building Safety Ruling Offers Clarity On Remediation Orders

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    The First-tier Tribunal's recent decision in Triathlon Homes v. Stratford Village Development, holding that it was just and equitable to award a remediation contribution order, will undoubtedly encourage parties to consider this recovery route for building defects more seriously, say lawyers at Simmons and Simmons.

  • How AI Inventorship Is Evolving In The UK, EU And US

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    While the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Thaler v. Comptroller-General is the latest in a series of decisions by U.K., U.S. and EU authorities that artificial intelligence systems cannot be named as inventors in patents, the guidance from these jurisdictions suggests that patents may be granted to human inventors that use AI as a sophisticated tool, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

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