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

  • How 'Copyleft' Licenses May Affect Generative AI Output

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    Open-source software and the copyleft licenses that support it, whereby derivative works must be made available for others to use and modify, have been a boon to the development of artificial intelligence, but could lead to issues for coders who use AI to help write code and may find their resulting work exposed, says William Dearn at HLK.

  • UK Compulsory Mediation Ruling Still Leaves Courts Leeway

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    An English Court of Appeal recently issued a landmark decision in Churchill v. Merthyr Tydfil County, stating that courts can compel parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution, but the decision does not dictate how courts should exercise this power, which litigants will likely welcome, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Russia Ruling Shows UK's Robust Jurisdiction Approach

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    An English High Court's recent decision to grant an anti-suit injunction in the Russia-related dispute Renaissance Securities v. Chlodwig Enterprises clearly illustrates that obtaining an injunction will likely be more straightforward when the seat is in England compared to when it is abroad, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • EU Rejection Of Deal Veers From Past Practice

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    The European Commission's recent prohibition of Booking's purchase of Etraveli based on ecosystem theories of harm reveals a lower bar for prohibiting nonhorizontal mergers, and may mean increased merger scrutiny for companies with entrenched market positions in digital markets, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • PPI Ruling Spells Trouble For Financial Services Firms

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    The Supreme Court's recent decision in Canada Square v. Potter, which found that the claimant's missold payment protection insurance claim was not time-barred, is bad news for affected financial services firms, as there is now certainty over the law on the postponement of limitation periods, rendering hidden commission claims viable, say Ian Skinner and Chris Webber at Squire Patton.

  • UPC Decision Highlights Key Security Costs Questions

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    While the Unified Patent Court recently ordered NanoString to pay €300,000 as security for Harvard's legal costs in a revocation action dispute, the decision highlights that the outcome of a security for costs application will be highly fact-dependent and that respondents should prepare to set out their financial position in detail, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • Extradition Ruling Hints At Ways Around High Burden Of Proof

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Popoviciu v. Curtea De Apel Bucharest confirmed that, in a conviction extradition case, the requested person must establish a flagrant violation of their right to a fair trial, but the court's reasoning reveals creative opportunities to test this boundary in the U.K. and Strasbourg alike, says Rebecca Hughes at Corker Binning.

  • IP Ruling Could Pave Way For AI Patents In UK

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    If implemented by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office, the High Court's recent ruling in Emotional Perception AI v. Comptroller-General of Patents, holding that artificial neural networks can be patented, could be a first step to welcoming AI patents in the U.K., say Arnie Francis and Alexandra Brodie at Gowling.

  • UK Review May Lead To Lower Investment Screening Burden

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    The government’s current review of national security investment screening rules aims to refine the scope of mandatory notifications required for unproblematic deals, and is likely to result in much-needed modifications to minimize the administrative burden on businesses and investors, say lawyers at Simpson Thacher.

  • What Prince Harry Privacy Case May Mean For Media Ethics

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    An English High Court recently allowed the privacy case brought by Prince Harry and six other claimants against the Daily Mail publisher to proceed, which, if successful, could embolden other high-profile individuals to bring claims and lead to renewed calls for a judicial public inquiry into British press ethics, says Philippa Dempster at Freeths.

  • How European Authorities Are Foiling Anti-Competitive Hiring

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    Lawyers at Squire Patton discuss key labor practice antitrust concerns and notable regulation trends in several European countries following recent enforcement actions brought by the European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • The State Of UK Litigation Funding After Therium Ruling

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    The recent English High Court decision in Therium v. Bugsby Property has provided a glimmer of hope for litigation funders about how courts will interpret this summer's U.K. Supreme Court ruling that called funding agreements impermissible, suggesting that its adverse effects may be mitigated, says Daniel Williams at DWF Law.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Why It's Urgent For Pharma Cos. To Halt Counterfeit Meds

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    With over 10.5 million counterfeit medicines seized in the EU in 2023, it is vital both ethically and commercially that pharmaceutical companies take steps to protect against such infringements, including by invoking intellectual property rights protection, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

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