Commercial Litigation UK

  • January 27, 2023

    Asian Buffet Owes $417K In Tax Liability, UK Tribunal Affirms

    An Asian buffet company and restaurateur in the U.K. who admitted to deliberately dodging taxes face back taxes and penalties of £337,000 ($417,000), as a First-tier Tribunal upheld tax assessments by HM Revenue & Customs.

  • January 27, 2023

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

    The past week in London has seen Twitter sued over alleged unpaid rent at its London headquarters, a new claim in the battle for a Russian oligarch's £3 billion ($3.7 billion) fortune, and legal action against Grant Thornton (UK) LLP from a data center company. 

  • January 27, 2023

    Freighter Owners Beat Appeal In $2.1M Ship Charter Fight

    The owners of a cargo freighter have successfully defended their $2.1 million maritime arbitration award in a London court after the company that chartered the ship did not pay for 116 days because it believed the ship was off-hire.

  • January 27, 2023

    Therapist Org Calls Ex-Member's Lawsuit Disproportionate

    A professional body for psychotherapists in the U.K. has told the High Court that its decision to sanction a member was justified after she breached its ethics codes while treating two divorcing patients.

  • January 27, 2023

    Financial Adviser's £4M Suit Against Car Insurer Falls Short

    A London court has rejected a bid by a corporate financial adviser to claim £4 million ($4.9 million) from AA Ltd. for failing to pay for advice on the potential sale of part of the motor insurance and roadside assistance giant's business.

  • January 27, 2023

    Grain Co. President Gets 1 Year For Ignoring Arbitral Award

    A London court has sentenced the president of a Moroccan importer of cereal grains to a year's imprisonment after his company failed to comply with an asset disclosure order over a $3.5 million arbitral award issued to a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Switzerland.

  • January 27, 2023

    Wine Biz Fined £800K After Truck Driver's Death At Depot

    A wine and spirits supplier must pay £800,000 ($991,000) after its failure to comply with health and safety laws resulted in the death of a truck driver after he was hit by a forklift truck, a criminal court has ruled.

  • January 27, 2023

    NHS Can't Overturn Consultant's £178K Age Bias Win

    A branch of the National Health Service cannot overturn an order to pay £178,000 ($220,000) to a surgeon who retired early after it emerged his employment violated government regulations, a London appeals court has ruled.

  • January 27, 2023

    £2.3B Meta Suit Could Pave Way For UK Data Class Actions

    Consumers are gearing up to take their shot on Monday at getting class status to hold Meta liable for what they say are its anti-competitive data collection policies. But the case has left attorneys asking whether the U.K.'s specialist competition tribunal is about to become a backdoor route for privacy class actions.

  • January 27, 2023

    Taylor Wessing Pursues 'Strategic Alliance' With Madrid Firm

    Taylor Wessing LLP said on Friday that it is pursuing a "strategic alliance" with a leading continental European law firm, with a deal expected to be finalized by the end of next month.

  • January 27, 2023

    Prince's Ex-Assistant Can't Challenge Tribunal Over Bias

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a former personal assistant to an Emirati crown prince cannot challenge its refusal to delay a costs hearing over alleged bias, saying she should have raised her complaints earlier or should do so now on appeal.

  • January 27, 2023

    Sanctions Can't Stop Russian Banks' $850M Fraud Lawsuit

    Two Russian state-backed lenders can take their $850 million fraud lawsuit to trial, the High Court said Friday — one of the first instances the U.K.'s sanctions regime has tested the ability of Russian litigants to use the English legal system since Russia invaded Ukraine. 

  • January 26, 2023

    Attys Seek $4.5M Award In Yen-Libor Benchmark-Rigging Suit

    Lowey Dannenberg PC has asked a Manhattan federal judge to approve a $4.5 million award for its work representing investors in a sprawling benchmark-rigging action on the heels of a $22.5 million settlement resolving claims against certain major financial institutions, including Barclays PLC and broker ICAP Europe Ltd.

  • January 26, 2023

    Forex Biz Says Transfer Deal Looked Like Money Laundering

    Foreign exchange business Ebury Partners UK Ltd. is pushing back on claims that it owes a Dubai law firm more than $1.8 million for backing out of a transfer deal, claiming that it suspected that the payment was for money-laundering purposes.

  • January 26, 2023

    No Tax Penalties For Innocent Errors, HMRC Boss Tells MPs

    The U.K. tax authority doesn't penalize innocent errors with additional fees, the head of HM Revenue & Customs told British parliamentarians Thursday when questioned over the scandal surrounding former Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi's taxes.

  • January 26, 2023

    BBC To Face Trimmed Libel Claims In Sex Cult Podcast Suit

    A London court turned down a bid by a sex expert and her company on Thursday to add further libel claims to a defamation lawsuit targeting a BBC podcast accusing them of running a "destructive sex cult" — but allowed a business partner to pursue her claims.

  • January 26, 2023

    Bad Reviews About Law Firm A Matter Of Opinion, Court Rules

    Bad reviews on Trustpilot that accused U.K. law firm BW Legal Services Ltd. of pursuing unenforceable debts could be shielded from defamation claims because the statements were based on the experiences of reviewers or their family members, a London court has ruled.

  • January 26, 2023

    Tradition Brokerage Disputes Liability In Carbon Credit Fraud

    A major brokerage firm argued on appeal Thursday that it was not close enough to the management and control of companies used as a vehicle for a U.K. carbon credits tax fraud to be liable to liquidators for millions of pounds.

  • January 26, 2023

    Tribunal Told To Redo Disclosure Ruling In Whistleblower Case

    The Court of Appeal told a tribunal Thursday that it should reconsider whether to prohibit the disclosure of information about a subsidiary of a digital services group that allegedly shared the phone data of a high-profile citizen with a foreign government agency.

  • January 26, 2023

    BMW Fights UK Antitrust Watchdog's German Doc Probe

    BMW AG told a specialist competition tribunal on Thursday that Britain's antitrust enforcer lacks the authority to compel documents for an investigation into vehicle recycling because the information resides outside the U.K.

  • January 26, 2023

    Producer Invented Eva Green Sabotage Claims, Court Told

    Actress Eva Green accused a U.K. film company in a London court Thursday of fabricating accusations that she sabotaged a science fiction movie in a $1 million feud over the production's collapse.

  • January 26, 2023

    Watchstone Accuses PwC Of Leaking Info At £63M Trial

    Watchstone Group PLC accused PwC of leaking confidential information that gave law firm Slater and Gordon the upper hand during sale negotiations for a part of the insurance and technology provider's business as a trial got underway in London on Thursday.

  • January 26, 2023

    Fired NHS Whistleblower Wins £219K In Tribunal Decision

    A doctor who warned her employer about the risks of a new clinical procedure has won £219,000 ($271,500) after a U.K. employment tribunal ruled she was intimidated, mistreated and eventually fired for blowing the whistle.

  • January 26, 2023

    Fountain Court Chambers Increases Pupillage Pay To £80,000

    Fountain Court Chambers said on Thursday that it will increase its pupillage award to £80,000 as competition for talent among leading barristers' chambers heats up.

  • January 26, 2023

    France's €9.7B EDF Takeover Suspended For Court Decision

    The French government has put on hold plans to fully nationalize EDF under a €9.7 billion ($10.6 billion) takeover to allow a Paris court to rule on a lawsuit brought by minority shareholders who are challenging the deal, the utility giant said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Attorneys Can Use Emotion In Client Pitches

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    Lawyers are skilled at using their high emotional intelligence to build rapport with clients, so when planning your next pitch, consider how you can create some emotional peaks, personal connections and moments of magic that might help you stick in prospective clients' minds and seal the deal, says consultant Diana Kander.

  • What To Know About Meta Ireland GDPR Fine

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    Should the recent decision of the Irish Data Protection Commission be upheld in its current form, Meta will have to establish a new legal basis for its processing of personal data in respect of behavioral advertising, other than that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract, says Andrew Wilson-Bushell at Simkins.

  • Discovery Blocking Reform Better Protects French Companies

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    The 2022 reforms to France's 1968 blocking statute gives French companies more tools to resist abusive discovery requests from foreign competitors and public agencies, but France should do more to defend confidential information and assert its sovereignty, says Raphael Gauvain at Betto Perben.

  • How UK Employment Revisions Could Improve On EU Laws

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    There is concern that the U.K. Retained EU Law Bill might remove the numerous protections provided to employees by EU law, but it could bring with it the chance to make better the pieces of law that currently cause employers the biggest headaches, says Simon Fennell at Shoosmiths.

  • Why 2023 Could Be The Year Of The Restructuring Plan

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    As U.K. businesses face a challenging economic environment going into 2023, the stage may be set for a rise in restructuring plans, with early signs such as an increasing body of case law, the pragmatic approach taken by the judiciary to date and the cross-class cramdown mechanism, say Rachael Markham and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • EU Medicine Reboxing Ruling Gives Guidance To Pharma Cos.

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    The recent landmark decision of the Court of Justice of the EU in Novartis Pharma on repackaging medicines has provided pharma companies with a much-needed framework, with better protections for trademarks and clearer protocols for handling imported products, say Ulf Grundmann and Elisabeth Kohoutek at King & Spalding.

  • UK Ruling Adds Clarity To Duty Of Good Faith In Contracts

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Compound Photonics Group on the implied duty of good faith in commercial contracts ties in with the established requirement to act rationally, although courts are still reluctant to set out a list of minimum standards that will apply in all circumstances, say Louise Freeman and Alan Kenny at Covington.

  • Wearing Religious Signs At Work: The Evolving EU Case Law

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    Based on a recent European Court of Justice ruling, the main criterion for allowing employers to prohibit employees from wearing religious signs on the basis of a policy of neutrality seems to be whether a genuine need exists for doing so, making it harder for employers to apply such a policy, says Chris Van Olmen at Van Olmen & Wynant.

  • Parsing European Guidance For Leniency In Cartel Probes

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    The European Commission's recently released guidance clarifying its rules for requests for leniency in cartel investigations is a valuable acknowledgment that the commission's leniency program must develop, and an important step toward reducing uncertainty for potential applicants, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • ECJ Beneficial Owners Ruling Leaves Uncertainty In Its Wake

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in the WM and Sovim cases, holding that making information on a register of beneficial owners publicly available interferes with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, has been criticized as a step backward in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism, and its impact is not yet clear, say Michael Marschall and Verena Krikler at Schoenherr.

  • How Mur Ruling May Affect Force Majeure Considerations

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Mur Shipping v. RTI demonstrates that exercising reasonable endeavors can include payment in an alternative currency to overcome a force majeure event, and is topical for contracting parties in light of Russia-related sanctions, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • FCA Sends Banks Strong AML Message With Santander Fine

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    The recent nine-figure financial penalty imposed on Santander by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority shows the regulator's appetite to go after big banks for AML failings remains undiminished after the landmark case against National Westminster Bank in 2021, says Tom Bushnell at Hickman Rose.

  • ECJ Fiat Ruling Sets Clear Boundaries For EU State Aid Law

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    The European Court of Justice's recent landmark decision in Fiat v. Commission limiting the commission’s attempts to circumvent the lack of EU powers in the area of tax law has important implications in EU state aid law and beyond, say Andreas Reindl and Pietro Stella at Van Bael.

  • A Look Ahead At Key UK Intellectual Property Cases

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    Anticipated 2023 U.K. intellectual property decisions include robotics, artificial intelligence, and clean energy matters that have also been heard in the U.S., while other areas to watch include global fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory issues, as well as COVID-19 patent litigation, say Tom Oliver and Claire Robinson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Cos. Can Expect Intense Antitrust Enforcement This Year

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    In 2023, authorities in the U.K. and Europe are expected to push the boundaries of antitrust enforcement, merger control and foreign investment screening with the goal of achieving positive outcomes for consumers, say Nicole Kar and Tara Rudra at Linklaters.

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