Commercial Litigation UK

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Denies He Blew Whistle To Deflect Scandal

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer denied under cross-examination Tuesday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he brought whistleblower concerns about alleged accounting irregularities to the software company's Deloitte auditors to "cover" himself after a payroll scandal emerged in his department.

  • April 02, 2024

    Sanctioned Solicitor Loses Claim In Biz Sale Fight

    An employment tribunal has refused to hear a solicitor's claim against the firm he had sold his practice to because it lacked jurisdiction over commercial matters, and in any case the practice had shut its doors months before the ink dried.

  • April 02, 2024

    Top UK Court Floats Digital Case Management System Plans

    Britain's highest court on Tuesday proposed new rules aiming to modernize its process and enhance access to justice, including the introduction of a digital legal system for civil litigation.

  • April 02, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Who Lied To High Court Struck Off

    A former law firm manager has been barred from practicing as a solicitor after he was dishonest with the High Court while it investigated his firm's handling of a judicial review claim, according to a judgment published Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Yacht Owners Sue Generali Unit For €2M Over Repair Costs

    A British Virgin Islands-based company has sued a French Generali subsidiary for more than €2 million ($2.2 million) in a London court for allegedly dodging a policy for a yacht that began to take on water in the Myrtoan Sea in 2021.

  • April 02, 2024

    Exec Unable To Work Due To Eyesight Sues Insurer For £1M

    A sales director at software giant Quest is seeking over £1.14 million ($1.43 million) from insurer Generali Italia after it refused to pay out when a degenerative eye condition left him unable to work.

  • April 02, 2024

    Blur Drummer Leads Competition Challenge Over Royalties

    The drummer for an English rock band is leading a legal challenge on behalf of songwriters, claiming that a society that collects royalties for artists has been unfairly distributing cash, according to details published by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Developer Says Defects Didn't Start £15M Flat Block Fire

    A construction developer has hit back against an investment company's £15 million ($19 million) negligence claim, denying that building defects caused a block of flats to burn down.

  • April 02, 2024

    Airplane In $20M Russia Dispute Is Not Lost, Insurers Say

    Three insurers have hit back against a $19.7 million claim over a passenger jet stranded in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, arguing that the Irish aviation company which owned it had suffered no actual loss.

  • April 02, 2024

    MoJ Greenlights 10% Fee Increase for Courts, Tribunal Access

    Fees for access to courts and tribunals in England and Wales will rise by 10%, despite mixed public responses, after the government decided that the extra income would do more good than harm.

  • April 01, 2024

    Autonomy Paid Whistleblower $750K Over Firing, Jury Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer testified Monday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he was fired after blowing the whistle to British regulators about accounting irregularities, and revealed that Autonomy later paid him $750,000 to resolve his wrongful termination claims.

  • March 29, 2024

    ICJ Orders Israel To Open Up Gaza For Humanitarian Aid

    The International Court of Justice has unanimously ordered Israel to "take all necessary and effective measures" to increase the capacity and number of land crossing points in order to ensure that Palestinians in Gaza have unhindered access to basic services and humanitarian assistance.

  • March 28, 2024

    Security Guard Wins £84K Over Harassment, Discrimination

    A security guard has won £84,000 ($106,147) in compensation after proving several claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race and disability, after a tribunal said the security firm that employed her paid "scant regard" to the Equality Act.

  • March 28, 2024

    Insurers Must Face £13B Russia-Stranded Planes Suits In UK

    Major insurers including Allianz, AXA and Liberty Mutual will have to face £13 billion ($16.4 billion) worth of claims over planes stranded in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine as a London judge on Thursday ruled against attempts to move the claims to Moscow.

  • March 28, 2024

    Taylor Wimpey Unfairly Dismissed Trainee With Muscle Issue

    Taylor Wimpey discriminated against a former management trainee with a muscle wasting condition after failing to make reasonable adjustments to support his training and dismissing him out of the blue, an employment tribunal in Scotland has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    PE Firm Denies Liability For $28M Plane Lease Fees

    A private equity firm has hit back against a $28.5 million claim brought by three aircraft lessors over alleged unpaid fees for four jets, arguing the leases to a Canadian budget carrier it partly owns were unlawfully terminated.

  • March 28, 2024

    Developer Says Law Firm Flubbed FOS Appeal

    A property developer is suing its former lawyers for just over £700,000 ($883,500) for negligence after the firm allegedly failed to file a complaint against a now-infamous turnaround unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland when its investments turned sour in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

  • March 28, 2024

    Truck Co. Sues Ex-Boss For £216K Over Tax Dodge Scheme

    A British truck dealership is suing its former managing director for more than £216,000 ($273,000), alleging that he left the company liable for a huge back tax bill by setting up a fraudulent salary sacrifice scheme to rent a house.

  • March 28, 2024

    Payne Hicks Rebuts Yacht Claim Over Billionaire Divorce Case

    Payne Hicks Beach LLP has hit back at accusations that it failed to enforce a court order for the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch the firm was representing against his yacht in the U.S. after the couple divorced.

  • March 28, 2024

    British Biz Hits Back At Chinese Co. In LED Mask Design Fight

    A British businesswoman has hit back at a Chinese light-therapy device manufacturer's claim that she misused its designs for an LED mask and bib, telling a London court she was always the rightful owner of the designs.

  • March 28, 2024

    'Gender Critical' College Teacher Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A school did not discriminate against a teacher based on his "gender critical" beliefs when it axed him for refusing to refer to a student using their preferred name and pronouns, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    Locksmith Hits Back At Security Biz In Key Copy Patent Feud

    A locksmith service has denied infringing an Austrian security company's patent by cutting copies of a key design, telling a court it could not have known the key was patent-protected and saying that the patent is invalid either way.

  • March 28, 2024

    Investors Told To Show Standing For £1.4B StanChart Claim

    A London judge on Thursday ordered part of a group of investors suing Standard Chartered PLC for £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) — for allegedly downplaying how much it had breached U.S. sanctions — to prove they are entitled to bring the claim. 

  • March 28, 2024

    Crowe Denies £5M Negligence Claim Over Audits Of Wine Co.

    A London-based accounting firm has hit back against a £5 million ($6.3 million) negligence claim by the liquidators of a failed wine investment company, saying it acted with the "care and skill" of a "reasonably competent" auditor.

Expert Analysis

  • Economic Crime Act Offers Welcome Reform To AML Regime

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act exemption for mixed-property transactions that came into force on Jan. 15 as part of the U.K.'s anti-money laundering regime is long overdue, and should end economic harm to businesses, giving banks confidence to adopt a more pragmatic approach, say Matthew Getz and Joseph Fox-Davies at Pallas Partners.

  • What Venice Swaps Ruling Says About Foreign Law Disputes

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    The English appeals court's decision in Banca Intesa v. Venice that the English law swaps are valid and enforceable will be welcomed by banks, and it provides valuable commentary on the English courts' approach toward the interpretation of foreign law, say Harriet Campbell and Richard Marshall at Penningtons Manches.

  • Key Litigation Funding Rulings Will Drive Reform In 2024

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    Ground-breaking judgments on disputes funding and fee arrangements from 2023 — including that litigation funding agreements could be damages-based agreements, rendering them unenforceable — will bring legislative changes in 2024, which could have a substantial impact on litigation risk for several sectors, say Verity Jackson-Grant and David Bridge at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How Data Privacy Law Cases Are Evolving In UK, EU And US

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    To see where the law is heading in 2024, it is worth looking at privacy litigation and enforcement trends from last year, where we saw a focus on General Data Protection Regulation regulatory enforcement actions in the U.K. and EU, and class actions brought by private plaintiffs in the U.S., say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • 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.

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