Dispute resolution

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 …

Good Service is more than just Good Business

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In a recent unreported case in the County Court at Central London (Sajid v Nuur, 30 July 2018), a Claimant (Landlord) had brought a claim against a Defendant (a former Tenant) and attempted to serve the claim at an address which the Claimant knew the Defendant had left some two years before. It could be fair to say the Landlord should well have known – as it was his own property! More …

Court of Appeal restores legal professional privilege in ENRC

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The Court of Appeal restores legal professional privilege in SFO v ENRC case. More …

Can you rely on the promise of a lifetime?

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Whilst previously proprietary estoppel cases were fairly rare, in the first half of 2018 seven claims went all the way to a High Court trial with some possibly going on to the Court of Appeal. Proprietary estoppel claims in the context of contentious probate typically involve claimants believing they have been promised an interest in the deceased's property in reliance upon which the claimant has suffered some form of detriment. Many of the 2018 cases revolve around farms. Often parties have invested time working on the farm and promises may have been made as to inheritance. This article looks at one case in particular, Habberfield v Habberfield, to highlight the difficulties claimants can face in relying on proprietary estoppel and the importance of a valid will. More …

Court of Appeal examines the rule against reflective loss in Marex

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Carlos Sevilleja Garcia v Marex Financial Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1468 - Court of Appeal considers the rule against reflective loss and the scope of the Giles v Rhind exception More …

Strengthening of IP rights in China

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A Blake Morgan blog exploring the strengthening of IP rights in China. More …

Director's Remuneration as Misfeasance?

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Top 50 UK law firm Blake Morgan blogs about a case whereby The High Court has recently handed down judgment that required it to consider whether directors of a company, who did not have an employment contract, service contract, or any form of recognition of status as employee of the company, were entitled to remuneration or to withdraw monies from the company. More …

Swedish Court imposes prison sentences on trade mark invoice fraudsters

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Members of Blake Morgan's commercial litigation team discuss a Swedish Court's decision to impose prison sentences on trade mark invoice fraudsters. More …

Luxury brand's win on ruling to restrict online sales

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Members of Blake Morgan's commercial litigation team discusses luxury brand, Coty's, win on ruling to restrict online sales of their products. More …

Redaction of Documents in Civil Proceedings

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Blake Morgan's looks at how the recent decision of the High Court in Ennis Property Finance Ltd v Thompson and Thompson [2017] EWHC 3263 (Ch) gives guidance on the redaction of documents in litigation. More …