Commercial Litigation UK

  • February 05, 2024

    Biz Lobby Group Settles Former Chief's Claim Over Firing

    Britain's most prominent business lobby group said on Monday that it has agreed to settle a legal dispute with a former leader who was fired following complaints that he sexually harassed a female colleague.

  • February 05, 2024

    Insurer Cuts Claim Against Cigna For Costs Of Missold PPI

    PA (GI) Ltd. has cut its £36.7 million ($46.1 million) claim against Cigna to recover the costs of dealing with missold payment protection insurance for healthcare cover, following a London court order that it cannot recoup costs for life-related insurance policies.

  • February 05, 2024

    Buyer Seeks £6.4M In Investment Scheme Franchise Feud

    The buyers of a property investment scheme have countersued its former owner for at least £6.4 million ($8 million), seeking to claw back losses they said they incurred as a result of his tricking them into buying an ailing business.

  • February 05, 2024

    Housekeeper Wins Payout Over Property Co.'s Furlough Bias

    A property management company must pay £11,000 ($14,000) to a housekeeper who it indirectly discriminated against based on childcare duties by requiring her to work during a COVID-19 lockdown, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 05, 2024

    Revolution Beauty's Ex-CEO To Pay £2.9M To Settle Dispute

    Cosmetics brand Revolution Beauty said Monday that it has reached a £2.9 million ($3.7 million) settlement agreement with its co-founder and former chief executive over accounting errors that arose from personal loans that he had not disclosed.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ukraine Suffers Setback In Russia Genocide Case

    The International Court of Justice on Friday tossed a significant portion of the case Ukraine filed against Russia following the events of February 2022 on jurisdictional grounds, saying it cannot decide whether Moscow's invasion violated a decades-old anti-genocide treaty.

  • February 02, 2024

    Deloitte Consultant's Discrimination Claims Had 'No Evidence'

    Deloitte has successfully fought off a barrage of claims from a former senior consultant who resigned, after a tribunal ruled there was no evidence the consultant was constructively dismissed or discriminated against.

  • February 02, 2024

    University's 'IU' Trademark Too Descriptive, EU Court Rules

    A European Union court has affirmed that an international university can't register a trademark for its name with an "IU" abbreviation because the sign is too descriptive of the institution's services.

  • February 02, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Dentons sued by a former high-profile partner in Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover rev its engine in the intellectual property court against automotive company HaynesPro, and the Russian National Reinsurance Company tackle a settlement with BOC Aviation over stranded aircraft. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off Roll Over $14M US Tax Fraud Conviction

    A British lawyer who was convicted in the U.S. over a multimillion-dollar tax fraud was barred from practicing in England on Friday after a tribunal concluded that he was shown to have been dishonest.

  • February 02, 2024

    ED&F To Face £56M Trial Over Role In Danish Cum-Ex Fraud

    Denmark's £56 million ($70.7 million) claim against ED&F over its alleged role in a fraudulent tax refund scheme can head to trial, a London judge ruled Friday despite finding that the Danish tax authority could have raised its new case against the broker earlier.

  • February 02, 2024

    Developer's Claims To Be Bitcoin Inventor Face Key Test At Trial

    Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is set to open his case Monday in London court to prove he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin. But he must head off accusations from developers that he is lying in order to stake his claim to the intellectual property behind the popular cryptocurrency.

  • February 02, 2024

    Lawyers For Subpostmasters Blast Post Office Prosecutors

    Lawyers who prosecuted innocent people on false evidence on behalf of the Post Office put the corporation's interest above their professional obligations, counsel for subpostmasters told the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    Western Digital Can't Patent Enhanced Streaming

    A U.S. data storage company has failed to revive a patent for high-quality video streaming, after European intellectual property officers ruled that any skilled person would have arrived at its key features without employing "any inventive skill."

  • February 02, 2024

    Gazprom Subsidiary Told To Halt Claim Proceedings In Russia

    A London appeals court on Friday granted an anti-suit injunction against a Gazprom joint venture, putting a halt to its €450 million ($488 million) claim in the Russian courts against UniCredit Bank AG for allegedly refusing to pay out under seven bond contracts.

  • February 02, 2024

    Playboy Dancer Hired As Solicitor's Assistant Awarded £29K

    A London tribunal has awarded £28,986 (nearly $37,000) to a Playboy casino dancer who was recruited by a consultant solicitor as his assistant and subsequently victimized and underpaid in an "entirely inappropriate" arrangement.

  • February 02, 2024

    MoD Unit Says Korean Marine Biz Is Hiding Scope Of Data Use

    A Ministry of Defence division has sued a South Korean ship navigation company for hiding the extent to which it violated its license to use government data, with the government agency looking to secure damages after a court ruled in its favor.

  • February 02, 2024

    Dechert Settles Mogul's UK Hacking Claim For Millions

    Dechert has agreed to pay £3 million ($3.8 million) to resolve claims that ex-partner Neil Gerrard orchestrated the hacking of Farhad Azima and misled the English courts, in a deal that the aviation tycoon estimates could be worth as much as $15 million with costs.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mishcon Acquires Brazilian Group Claims Business Somos

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said on Friday the law firm has acquired a group actions management business based in Brazil, as it looks to build out its capabilities developing and managing some of the most complex cases seen in the U.K. legal market.

  • February 02, 2024

    Questions Linger Over UK Plans To Resurrect Tribunal Fees

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in the U.K. may appear to fix issues with the old regime, but employment lawyers warn they could stifle access to justice and fail to ease pressure on the overloaded system.

  • February 02, 2024

    Injured Grenfell Firefighters Reach £20M Settlement

    More than 100 firefighters who were injured in the Grenfell Tower disaster have reached a £20 million ($25 million) settlement with the London Fire Commissioner, building material makers and a London local authority.

  • February 02, 2024

    CPS Denies Liability in Ex-Sidley Lawyer Failed Prosecution

    The Crown Prosecution Service has denied being liable for its botched tax fraud prosecution of a former Sidley Austin LLP lawyer, a former senior KPMG official and a banking adviser, who are collectively seeking more than £66 million ($84 million) from the U.K.'s main prosecutor.

  • February 01, 2024

    Irwin Mitchell Not Liable For Helpline Advice To Future Client

    A London appeals court on Thursday affirmed that law firm Irwin Mitchell LLP did not have a duty to advise a potential client that she needed to alert a tour operator following a life-threatening accident abroad, even though she lost the opportunity to potentially recover more than £1 million ($1.27 million).

  • February 01, 2024

    PI Group Fletchers Acquires Serious Injury Law

    Fletchers Group announced Thursday that it has acquired a personal injury law firm based in northwest England, adding to its growing portfolio of businesses.

  • February 01, 2024

    Sky Gets 'Gosky' TM Grounded Despite Different Ordering

    European intellectual property officials are siding with Sky in a trademark dispute against a Chinese optics maker, ruling that consumers might see the manufacturer's "Gosky" sign and think it belonged to the U.K. broadcasting giant.

Expert Analysis

  • Taking Stock Of Company Climate Duties After ClientEarth

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    Despite the High Court's recent dismissal of ClientEarth v. Shell, the case nonetheless has key consequences for companies that are susceptible to being targeted by nonprofit activists as environmental, social and corporate governance lawfare continues, says Dan Harris at Chancery Advisors.

  • Copyright Cheat Sheet: Finding Substantially Similar Songs

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    Using the recent copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran over his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" as a case study, forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig provides an overview for attorneys of which musical elements do and do not, when altered, create the sense of a new or distinct composition — a determination increasingly sought from experts in court.

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • FCA Case Failures Highlight Value Of Robust Investigation

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    The recent U.K. upper tribunal judgment in Seiler, Whitestone and Raitzin v. The Financial Conduct Authority, criticizing the regulator for accepting a narrative advanced by the firm, makes clear that such admissions must not get in the way of a proper investigation to enable agencies to target the correct individuals, say Tom Bushnell and Olivia Dwan at Hickman & Rose.

  • Reputation Management Lessons From Spacey Case

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    While a U.K. jury recently acquitted actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault charges, his reputation has been harmed, illustrating the importance for lawyers to balance a client's right to privacy with media engagement throughout the criminal process, says Jessica Welch at Simkins.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • What ClientEarth Ruling Means For Shareholder Climate Suits

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    The High Court recently confirmed its earlier decision in ClientEarth v. Shell, illustrating that environmental groups seeking to bring a derivative action against corporate directors' strategic decision making may find it challenging to obtain admissible evidence to establish a prima facie case of a breach, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Directors Should Beware Reinvigorated UK Insolvency Service

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    The recent lengthy disqualification of Carillion directors serves as a salutary lesson to executives on the level of third-party scrutiny to which their actions may be exposed, and a reminder that the directors’ fiduciary duty to creditors is paramount once a company is irretrievably insolvent, says Ben Drew at Fladgate.

  • EU Privacy Plan Finally Resolves Data Transfer Woes

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    Previous attempts by the European Commission to facilitate data transfers to the U.S. have been unsuccessful, but the recent EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework may bring greater legal certainty through new control mechanisms and clearer supervisory authority functions, say Joaquín Muñoz and Robbie Morrison at Bird & Bird.

  • The New Accountability Landscape For Financial Regulators

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    The preliminary-stage success of a group of U.K. lawmakers in a case against the Financial Conduct Authority highlights the significant hurdles for review of regulatory actions, but the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 creates additional visibility into the regulators' decision making, which may lead to an increase in judicial review activity, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Director Responsibilities Amid Russian Asset Seizures

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    Following Russia's recent takeover of several companies, shareholders may argue that directors failed to properly guard the companies' assets and choose to bring derivative claims or unfair prejudice petitions, say lawyers at Collyer Bristow.

  • Investors Should Prepare For Possible EU Energy Treaty Exit

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    Following the European Commission’s recent call for the European Union and Euratom to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, investors in the energy sector should assess the legal structure of their existing investments and consider restructuring to ensure adequate protections, says Philipp Kurek at Kirkland.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • EU Illumina-Grail Fine Cools Cos.' Merger Control Approach

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    The European Commission's recent record-breaking fine on Illumina for acquiring Grail without approval underscores its tough stance on merger control enforcement, showing that companies in Europe need to be vigilant in complying with regulatory requirements, say Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Raphaël Fleischer at King & Spalding.

  • UK Top Court Ruling Spells Uncertainty For Litigation Funders

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Paccar Inc. v. Competition Appeal Tribunal has called litigation funding agreements impermissible, causing astonishment in the legal industry and raising questions over how funders should now approach litigation, say Mohsin Patel at Factor Risk Management and Imran Benson at Hailsham Chambers.

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