Zurich Case Brings Clarity To Complex Contempt Proceedings

By Matt Peacock (October 18, 2019, 12:26 PM EDT) -- In parallel to their renewed interest in private criminal prosecutions brought pursuant to s.6(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, commercial litigators have, over the last few years, increasingly looked to committal proceedings to deal with parties in civil claims who seek not only to frustrate or delay litigation via obfuscation and obstruction, but venture into contemptuous conduct that goes a step beyond mere noncompliance with a court order and into deliberately advancing a false claim or a false narrative in support of a claim.

The Court of Appeal decision in Zurich Insurance PLC v. David Romaine[1] provides guidance on...

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