City and International Commercial Litigation

No recovery for lost opportunity to bring a dishonest claim

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The Supreme Court has handed down an important judgment in relation to the defence of negligence claims based on the loss of a chance. The case is significant because it considers whether damages for the lost opportunity to bring a claim should only be available where the ‘lost’ claim would have been an honest one. It also considers the circumstances in which an appellate court may overturn findings of fact by the trial judge. More …

'No Oral Modification' clauses in contracts can be valid and enforceable

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Parties to a contract may vary its terms by mutual agreement in certain situations. However, 'no oral modification' clauses in contracts can be valid and enforceable. Our expert takes a look at a recent example. More …

Continuing benefit required to obtain springboard injunction

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If you are seeking springboard injunction relief in commercial litigation a recent case shows that it is best to justify the period of estimated head start using examples and factual material and where possible, independent evidence. More …

A bird in hand – when to assign an insolvency claim

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When a business hits the skids and is placed into administration or liquidation, an insolvency practitioner ("IP") is duty bound to preserve the tangible assets of the company and protect the interests of creditors. However, the IP should also be careful to consider whether there are any less tangible assets to be investigated and realised. More …

Digital content in the consumer world

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Our expert takes a look at the Consumer Rights Act 2015, however, there are a number of pieces of legislation and regulations that need to be examined to achieve the full picture of consumer. Read our overview. More …

Three new Justices to the UK Supreme Court

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Three new Justices have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court and therefore will be eligible to sit as Judges in the Privy Council. This follows the retirement of Lord Mance in June, Lord Hughes in August and in anticipation of Lord Sumption's retirement in December. More …

New Court Forms anticipated

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It is anticipated that new Court Forms will be issued shortly, following a slight delay. The most significant change will be the introduction of a separate form to deal with Applications for Permission to Appeal rather than the old Form 1 which had a dual purpose as serving as a Notice of Appeal as well as an Application for Permission to Appeal. More …

New appointments to the Supreme Court

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As of 1 October, following the retirement of Lord Mance in June of this year, three new appointments have been announced. More …

Peeking around the corporate veil

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Legal Director Simon Hough looks at the recent case of Palmer Birch (A Partnership) v Lloyd & Anor. More …

The NCA wins the first round in its application of "McMafia" laws

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Upon the High Court lifting reporting restrictions this week, the newspapers have reported details of the extravagant lifestyle of Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the former chairman of Azerbaijan's largest bank, the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan, who is currently serving a 15 year prison sentence in his home country, having been convicted in 2016 of fraud and embezzlement in the sum of £2.2billion. More …