Commercial Litigation UK

  • February 07, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires Arbitration Pro For New Amsterdam Practice

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a dispute resolution specialist from Pogust Goodhead to spearhead a new international arbitration practice it has launched in Amsterdam, as it continues to build out its disputes offering across Europe.

  • February 07, 2024

    Naked Wolfe Owner Says Schuh, Simmi Copied Shoe Designs

    The owner of the Naked Wolfe brand has accused two online footwear retailers of design and copyright infringement, alleging that they "slavishly copied" its chunky boot designs.

  • February 07, 2024

    Privinvest Asks Court To Nix Immunity For Mozambican Prez

    Shipbuilding group Privinvest urged the Court of Appeal on Wednesday to overturn a decision to grant state immunity to the president of Mozambique in a battle over a $2 billion corruption scandal, saying that there is no absolute protection for heads of state in civil litigation.

  • February 07, 2024

    Sky UK Denies Involvement In Boxing Co. Promotional Breach

    Sky UK has denied owing Matchroom Boxing Ltd. £7.7 million ($9.8 million) for allegedly making a professional boxer ditch his contract with the rival sports promoter, as the broadcaster claimed it had not negotiated or entered into any arrangement.

  • February 07, 2024

    Gov't Must Rehire Axed Jobcentre Staffer, Pay Her £68K

    A government department must reinstate an unfairly fired member of staff and pay her £68,000 ($86,000) in salary arrears after it ignored the effect of her medication on her actions when it carried out its botched misconduct investigation.

  • February 06, 2024

    UK Broker Says Office Raid During Cum-Ex Probe Was Illegal

    Counsel for commodity brokerage MCML Ltd. told the High Court at a hearing Tuesday that a raid on its London offices over allegations it had defrauded the Danish authorities out of 573 million kroner ($54 million) was illegal.

  • February 06, 2024

    Wimbledon Champ's Doping Ban Appeal Starts Wednesday

    The doping ban appeal of Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep will begin on Wednesday and is expected to wrap up by the end of the week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Puma Wins Appeal To Get TM For Parallel Black Stripes

    Puma won its bid to register a position trademark of two parallel black stripes on shoes, after European intellectual property officials ruled that it was minimally distinctive even though an examiner had rejected the application.

  • February 06, 2024

    Factory Discriminated Against Injured Worker After Bike Fall

    An employment tribunal has ruled that an offal processing facility failed to provide a meat line operative with enough work, and sometimes sent her home without pay, after she sustained long-term injuries from a bike crash.

  • February 06, 2024

    Tommy Hilfiger Loses 'H' EU TM For Everything But T-Shirts

    Tommy Hilfiger has lost protections over its "H Hilfiger" logo in the European Union for all goods except T-shirts, after the fashion brand failed to prove it had genuinely used the sign in the bloc.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Lawyer Can Lead £1.3B Amazon Class Action In UK

    The Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that consumer rights advocate Robert Hammond is the most suitable representative to bring a class action worth an estimated £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) against Amazon over alleged breaches of competition law.

  • February 06, 2024

    Professor's Anti-Zionist Views Ruled To Be Protected Beliefs

    A British university unfairly sacked a professor for saying that Zionism is a racist ideology, a tribunal has ruled, concluding that the academic institution discriminated against him because his views were protected beliefs.

  • February 06, 2024

    NHS Dismissal Justified Due To COVID-19 Anxiety

    An NHS ambulance driver has lost his claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination after a tribunal ruled that his anxiety over contracting COVID-19 was so strong that no adjustments would have persuaded him to return to work after his long absence.

  • February 06, 2024

    Bitcoin 'Inventor' Denies Forging Documents In Satoshi Claim

    Self-styled bitcoin inventor Craig Wright firmly denied allegations of forgery and fraud on Tuesday as he was cross-examined about his claims to be the pseudonymous inventor of the digital currency.

  • February 06, 2024

    Lloyds, Property Tycoon Settle £1.3B Libor Claim Before Trial

    Lloyds and a property magnate who sued the bank over allegations its manipulation of the Libor interest rate forced him to sell off a valuable building portfolio have settled his £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) claim, Lloyds said Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    BA Bids To Slip Canceled Flight Claim Over Sick Off-Duty Pilot

    British Airways told Britain's top court on Tuesday that it was an "extraordinary circumstance" when one of its pilots fell ill while off-duty and that it should excuse the carrier from having to pay compensation over a canceled flight.

  • February 06, 2024

    Stroller Biz Spins Partial Win In 'Yoyo Sister' EU TM Appeal

    A Chinese bicycle manufacturer has suffered a blow in its "yoyo sister" trademark dispute after a stroller specialist convinced European Union officials that it could cause confusion with its own "Yoyo" branding.

  • February 06, 2024

    Restrictions Upheld For E-Money Biz Following CEO's Arrest

    A London tribunal has dismissed e-money issuer Nvayo's application to suspend a U.K. financial regulator's restrictions on its services, finding insufficient evidence that "the public at large" would not be prejudiced if its business were to resume.

  • February 06, 2024

    PE-Funded Charity Beats Former Exec's Notice Pay Claim

    The former head of investor relations at a private equity-funded charity has lost his claim for notice pay after a tribunal ruled that the organization was not required to give him written notice of his dismissal.

  • February 05, 2024

    PE Firm Can't Revive Ex-Soccer Club Exec's Asset Freeze

    A London appeals court on Monday declined to restore a freezing order on the assets of a former director of Leeds United Football Club that was imposed in a dispute with a private equity firm, confirming the "nuclear" litigation option had already lapsed.

  • February 05, 2024

    Photo App Maker Can't Erase Rival's Identical TM

    The founders of photo editor VSCO failed to prevent a Chinese individual from registering a trademark with the same name over different goods, after European intellectual property officers ruled there was no risk of buyers confusing them.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Skadden White Collar Pro Launches New Firm

    A former white collar partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has turned her nearly three decades of experience to co-founding a new boutique law firm that focuses on business crime and investigations.

  • February 05, 2024

    Brazilian Hair Co.'s 'Novex' EU TM Trimmed For Lack Of Use

    A Brazilian hair care business has failed to brush off a cleaning company's challenge to its "Novex" trademark, with European Union officials cutting part of the sign's protections for lack of genuine use.

  • February 05, 2024

    Bitcoin 'Inventor' Accused Of Forgery On 'Industrial Scale'

    Bitcoin developers told a London court Monday that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is lying and committing "forgery on an industrial scale" when he claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of the digital currency.

  • February 05, 2024

    Former Director Of Public Prosecutions Joins King & Spalding

    The U.K.'s former top criminal lawyer has joined King & Spalding LLP in London to advise the American law firm on complex international investigations as new economic crime legislation designed to clamp down on corporate offending is rolled out this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Swiss Privacy Law Reforms Present Divergences From GDPR

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    The differences between Switzerland’s recently reformed Federal Act on Data Protection and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, particularly around data breach reporting and the liability of company officers, will need to be carefully managed by multinationals that may have competing obligations under different laws, say Kim Roberts and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel at King & Spalding.

  • EU Antitrust Rules Set To Pose Challenges To US Businesses

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    With stark differences between U.S. and European Union antitrust regimes, and potential for the forthcoming EU guidelines to turbocharge the commission's appetite for intervention, it is important that U.S. businesses with activities in the region take note of the reforms, say Andrea Pomana and Sarah Wilks at Mayer Brown.

  • Navigating The Rising Threat Of Greenwashing Enforcement

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    Recent high-profile cases before the Danish Consumer Ombudsman are a signal that authorities are ready to take robust action against greenwashing, and with a likely increase in the stringency of laws and severity of penalties, it is vital that businesses promoting their sustainable credentials do so in a compliant manner, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

  • New Legislation May Not Be Needed For Recovery Of Crypto

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    The recent seizure of cryptocurrency under a civil recovery order raises the issue of whether extended powers under the forthcoming Economic Crime Bill are necessary, with the ability to seize crypto-related items that may be the subject of a search order more likely to be of assistance, says Nicola McKinney at Quillon Law.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • UPC Revocation Actions Offer An Attractive Patent Strategy

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    As the Unified Patent Court gains momentum after an initial period of nervousness around the recently launched forum, more businesses may be starting to realize the value of running revocation actions as an alternative route to knocking out patents across Europe, say Oliver Laing and Georgia Carr at Potter Clarkson.

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

  • 5 Takeaways For Litigants From Early EU Patent Court Ruling

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    One of the first Unified Patent Court ex parte preliminary injunctions was recently granted in myStromer v. Revolt Zycling, demonstrating the court's ability to decide cases extremely quickly, but parties should be careful in phrasing their motions and sufficiently substantiating them to achieve the desired result, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • What To Know About The EU Residency Scheme Changes

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    The U.K. government recently announced extensions to residency status under the EU Settlement Scheme, which is a net positive for U.K.-EU relations and will be welcomed by those affected, including employers concerned about losing employees with expired permission, say Claire Nilson and Abilio Jaribu at Faegre Drinker.

  • High Court Dechert Ruling Offers Litigation Privilege Lessons

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    While the recent High Court ruling in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, which concerned torture conspiracy allegations against the firm, held that litigation privilege can be claimed by a nonparty to proceedings, the exact boundaries of privilege aren't always clear-cut and may necessitate analyzing the underlying principles, says Scott Speirs at Norton Rose.

  • What To Know About AI Fraudsters Before Facing Disputes

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    The potential of artificial intelligence to augment fraudsters' efforts is arguably unprecedented, so lawyers will swiftly need to become familiar with the fundamentals of AI to deal with it in the context of disputes, says Daniel Wyatt and Christopher Whitehouse at RPC.

  • UK Insolvency Reform Review Shows Measures Are Working

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    The U.K. Insolvency Service's recently published review of legislative reforms to the corporate insolvency regime demonstrates that despite being underutilized, the measures have been shown to help viable companies survive, and with the current difficult economic environment, will likely be an important aspect of organizational restructuring going forward, says Kirsten Fulton-Fleming at Taylor Wessing.

  • More UK Collective Actions On The Horizon After Forex Ruling

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    A U.K. appeals court's recent decision in Forex case Evans v. Barclays is likely to significantly widen the scope of opt-out collective proceedings that can be brought, paving the way for more class actions by prospective claimants who have previously been unable to bring individual claims, say Robin Henry and Tamara Davis at Collyer Bristow.

  • How Russia Sanctions May Complicate Contract Obligations

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    Against the backdrop of recent comprehensive sanctions against Russia and Belarus, a review of recent U.K. case law clarifies that certain force majeure clauses likely cover trade sanctions, and that future litigation will further develop the scope of force majeure and frustration in the context of sanctions, says Frances Jenkins at Quillon Law.

  • New Guidance Offers Clarity For Charities On ESG Investing

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    The need for charities to understand investing in line with environmental, social and governance aspirations has never been more pressing, and recently updated U.K. Charity Commission guidance should give trustees confidence to make decisions that are right for their organization, says Robert Nieri at Shoosmiths.

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