Commercial Litigation UK

  • April 05, 2024

    CMS Breached Instructions Over Lawyer Fees, Ex-Client Says

    A former CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP client told a London court Friday that the law firm acted in breach of instructions when using some of the money earmarked for counsel in civil and criminal proceedings to pay itself.

  • April 05, 2024

    Korean Trade Promoter Wins Claim Despite Kickback Bid

    A South Korean trade agency unfairly dismissed a London-based employee of over 20 years — but won't have to pay him a dime after he tried to negotiate a secret commission, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    High Court Limits Use Of Confidential Info In $3.7B Asset Fight

    Relatives of a dead Russian oligarch and an investment company accused of international fraud on Friday partially succeeded in obtaining an order to prevent the alleged misuse of their confidential information.

  • April 05, 2024

    Exec Wins £61K After Being Forced To Quit Following Merger

    A bedding company must pay its former managing director £61,000 ($77,000) after it forced him to quit following a merger by backtracking on his benefits under the deal, and blocking him from entering the premises, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC sued by former Georgian defense minister David Kezerashvili, Russian businessman Ildar Sharipov file a defamation claim against the publisher of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, MEX Group Worldwide sue Barclays and NatWest, and a climbing gear company hit retailer Next with a claim of copyright infringement. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 05, 2024

    6 Questions For Paul Hastings' Stuart Alford KC

    Paul Hastings LLP's new partner, Stuart Alford KC, is a former senior official at the Serious Fraud Office and has worked at two heavyweight U.S. firms, Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins. Here, he talks to Law360 about his career and about white-collar crime.

  • April 05, 2024

    Cloud Biz Denies Owing Telecom Execs Over Bad Sale

    A cloud technology business has denied owing directors of a telecommunications company £1.5 million ($1.9 million) left unpaid after it bought their business, claiming the money due is offset by the £2 million it lost from the sale.

  • April 05, 2024

    Academic Can't Sue University Over Anti-Semitism Probe

    A university lecturer lost her bid to sue her employer after it investigated and ultimately cleared her of allegations she had made anti-Semitic comments after a judge found she could not skirt a settlement agreement she had already signed with the institution. 

  • April 05, 2024

    Chubb Pulled Into $83.4M Ukrainian Airline Insurance Claim

    Chubb European Group has been dragged into an $83.4 million claim in London which alleges that insurers have refused to pay out for aircraft that have been stranded in Ukraine after the Russian invasion, according to an amended High Court claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Advocate Hit With 5-Year Ban Over Doctoring Emails In Jersey

    A legal tribunal banned an advocate from practicing in England for five years on Thursday following the ruling of a Jersey court that he had dishonestly doctored emails to hide the fact that he had caused "excessive" delays for a client.

  • April 04, 2024

    Investors Hit Agent For £2.3M Over Failed Care Home Scheme

    Care home investors have sued an investment agent for £2.3 million ($2.9 million) in a London court over claims they promoted a "fundamentally flawed" property development scheme as a safe and reliable investment.

  • April 04, 2024

    Getty Says Stability AI Plays 'Active Role' In Making AI Images

    Stock images giant Getty Images has clapped back at the makers of the popular Stable Diffusion software in the companies' U.K. copyright dispute, saying Stability AI cannot claim that any potentially infringing image the generative AI model creates is due to the user's input alone.

  • April 04, 2024

    Sexually Harassed Class Helper Fired For Lying Wins Payout

    A teaching assistant who lied about having COVID-19 to go on vacation has won a £9,309 ($11,775) payout after a female headmaster sexually harassed him, then sacked him following a flawed investigation into his lies.

  • April 04, 2024

    Law Firm Defeats Adviser's Unfair Redundancy Claim

    A Scottish law firm didn't unfairly cull one of its financial advisers during a redundancy process because bosses scored candidates with a reasonable checklist, an employment tribunal has ruled. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Head Teacher Fired Trade Union Rep Over 'Personal Animosity'

    A primary school's head teacher unfairly dismissed and discriminated against a trade union representative because he didn't like that she was challenging his "dictatorial attitude," an employment tribunal ruled.

  • April 04, 2024

    Cargo Ship Owner Sues 2 Firms For $1.9M Over Vessel Fire

    A cargo-ship owner has sued two Turkish companies in a London court in an attempt to be reimbursed for costs incurred after an engine room fire caused the vessel to drift toward the Yemeni coast, saying the companies are liable for the costs incurred to save the ship and discharge their cargo.

  • April 04, 2024

    Velcro-Selling Co. Sues Rival Over Amazon Complaints

    A Northern Irish Velcro product distributor has accused a rival of spreading false rumors about its goods and putting the company in Amazon's bad books by returning several purchases and claiming they were "inauthentic."

  • April 04, 2024

    Contractor Loses Bid For £11M Over Failed Development Deal

    A defunct construction group has failed to get an additional £11 million ($14 million) from a failed property developer over the termination of a contract for a development project in central Birmingham, after a London judge ruled Thursday it would be "an unlawful windfall."

  • April 04, 2024

    FCA To Claw Back £1.6M From Fund Manager For Investors

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday that it has won court approval to take £1.6 million ($2 million) from fund manager Argento Wealth and its only director, who promoted two allegedly unlawful investment schemes.

  • April 04, 2024

    Hotel Sues Arch Insurance For £8M Over Spa Fire Damage

    Two English hotel companies have sued Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd. for £8 million ($10.1 million) after a roofing company allegedly caused a blaze on their London hotel spa's roof, according to a newly public claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Fladgate Sued For $26.5M Over Botched Debt Claim Advice

    Fladgate LLP lost an investment fund an estimated $26.5 million after negligently advising it on how to take action to recover money owed under bonds, according to a High Court claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Defense Ministry OK To Reject Foreign Nationals For Jobs

    An employment judge has thrown out a discrimination claim against the U.K.'s defense ministry, ruling that U.K. law allows the government body to reject non-British nationals from certain jobs for national security reasons.

  • April 04, 2024

    Stagecoach Poised To Settle In £93M Train Ticket Class Action

    Train operator Stagecoach is seeking to end its role in a £93 million ($118 million) collective action brought on behalf of passengers who allegedly paid double for their journeys, documents published by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Thursday reveal.

  • April 04, 2024

    Gambling Biz Says Rival, Ex-Employees Copied Game Code

    An online gambling company has sued two former members of staff and its rival for allegedly plagiarizing copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products.

  • April 04, 2024

    Money Was Siphoned To Former Exec's Wife, Insurer Says

    A Liechtenstein insurer suing two of its former directors for allegedly funneling millions of pounds to accounts they had ties to has now accused one of the men's wives of also benefiting from unauthorized payments.

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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