Commercial Litigation UK

  • January 17, 2023

    Nokia Scores Win In 1st Standard-Essential Trial With Oppo

    A London court has ruled that Chinese smartphone company Oppo infringed a patent owned by Nokia for wireless communications in the first of several trials to be held over claims the Finnish giant's technology is being used without a license.

  • January 17, 2023

    Pfizer Asks Appeals Court To Limit Damages In Lyrica Suit

    A lawyer for a Pfizer subsidiary urged an appeals court on Tuesday to limit damages it has to pay over litigation threats made to enforce an epilepsy drug patent, saying it should not have to pay generic rivals for lost sales for conditions covered by the valid parts of its patent.

  • January 17, 2023

    Vodafone Settles Soccer Streaming Suit With Sports Co.

    Vodafone's Italian arm has settled its contract dispute with British sports streamer DAZN Ltd. over a deal to stream Italy's top professional soccer league, Serie A.

  • January 17, 2023

    Barrister Disbarred For Practicing During Suspension

    An independent tribunal has ordered a barrister to be banned from practicing in the profession after he duped courts and the public into believing he was able to provide legal services even though he had been suspended.

  • January 17, 2023

    Events Biz Hits Back At Warner Bros. Over Olympics Deal

    A Portuguese events management business has argued that it doesn't have to repay Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. $2.2 million from an agreement that collapsed to provide hotel rooms for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, because the media giant owes it money under another deal.

  • January 17, 2023

    Percy TM More Pooh Than Piglet, Sweets Maker Retorts In Suit

    Confectioner Swizzels Matlow Ltd. has criticized the quality of a trademark protecting Marks & Spencer's Percy Pigs gummy sweets, claiming that the image of the animal face it protects is so poor that it "looks more like a teddy bear than a pig."

  • January 17, 2023

    Hedge Fund Fights Broker Over Unpaid Finder's Fees

    Lawyers for Astra Asset Management urged the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to overturn findings that it owes a broker unpaid finder's fees, arguing that the hedge fund volunteered to make introductory payments but was not strictly required to do so.

  • January 17, 2023

    Ex-Deutsche Bank Exec Loses Sex Bias Suit

    An employment judge has rejected a former Deutsche Bank managing director's claim that the bank discriminated against her because of her age and sex when it made her redundant, concluding that the bank had acted fairly.

  • January 17, 2023

    Linklaters To Keep 96% Of Trainees In Spring

    Linklaters LLP said Tuesday that it was poised to keep 96% of its U.K. qualifying trainees in the spring, making it the second Magic Circle firm to reveal high retention numbers for new attorneys so far this year.

  • January 17, 2023

    December Biz Insolvencies Up 76% Over Pre-COVID Levels

    Company insolvencies in England and Wales were up 76% in December 2022 compared to the level seen during the pre-pandemic month of December 2019, according to data published Tuesday that showed a challenging environment for businesses.

  • January 17, 2023

    'Validity' Trial Begins In Denmark's Cum-Ex Tax Fraud Case

    Billions of krone paid out by Denmark in tax to traders accused of defrauding the country's tax agency in a massive cum-ex trading scheme were based on thousands of invalid refund applications, the authority said at a London court on Tuesday.

  • January 17, 2023

    Lloyds Sues Law Firm's Insurers For £1.7M Over Failings

    Lloyds Bank is fighting to force Travelers Insurance to pay £1.7 million ($2.1 million) to cover its mortgage losses after a now-defunct law firm allegedly mishandled a series of property sales.

  • January 17, 2023

    10 KBW Head Says Barrister's Discrimination Claims Are Baseless

    The head of chambers at 10 King's Bench Walk told an employment tribunal on Tuesday that allegations by a barrister that she was not provided with work after complaining that she had been a victim of race discrimination are "baseless."

  • January 16, 2023

    Therapist Who Stayed Home During Lockdown Wins Payout

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a private healthcare company must pay more than £40,000 ($48,750) to a therapist because it forced her to resign after she refused to work at one of its hospitals during the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • January 16, 2023

    Kick Kuwait's Fraud Suit To Switzerland, Asset Manager Says

    An investment manager accused of bribing the former head of Kuwait's public pension authority urged a judge on Monday to refuse to grant jurisdiction, arguing that the case should be heard in Switzerland alongside an $870 million corruption case already underway there.

  • January 16, 2023

    UK Doc Wins $4.2M Suit Over Lebanese Bank Account

    A British doctor won a legal battle on Monday to transfer millions of dollars out of a Lebanese bank after it blocked him from taking money out of the country because of restrictions imposed during the country's financial crisis.

  • January 16, 2023

    Leigh Day Eyes Potential Suit For Flat Dwellers Over Energy

    Residents of apartment blocks whose domestic heating and hot water is supplied through a centralized network could have grounds to bring a lawsuit over excessive charges, law firm Leigh Day said on Monday.

  • January 16, 2023

    Gov't Lays Out Plan To Prorate Holidays For Irregular Workers

    Employers whose staff work irregular hours should be able to prorate their holiday pay to more closely reflect the hours they actually work, the government has proposed, a move that would override the challenge presented by a recent U.K. Supreme Court ruling.

  • January 16, 2023

    Law Society Poll Reveals 90% Of UK Public Back Legal Aid

    Britons from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support providing legal aid to help people meet the costs of representation in courts or tribunals, research published by the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales found on Monday.

  • January 16, 2023

    Law Firm Must Face Claim From Non-Client Over Fraud

    A London appeals court has ruled that an estate's representative can continue to pursue claims against a law firm over a fraudulent property sale because it might have owed her late husband a duty of care, even though he was not its client.

  • January 16, 2023

    Ex-BA Worker Fired Over Absences Wins Payout

    A former British Airways worker has been awarded almost £44,000 ($54,000) in a wrongful dismissal case after an employment judge found there was no evidence to suggest she had violated the company's absence policy.

  • January 16, 2023

    Sky Fights Insurers For £138M Roof Damage Coverage

    A lawyer for Sky News accused a group of insurers on the first day of trial on Monday of failing to pay "one penny" to cover estimated costs of up to £138 million ($168 million) for replacing the roof of the broadcaster's headquarters.

  • January 16, 2023

    Nine Law Firms Shut Doors Over Rising Insurance Costs

    Nine law firms were forced to close in the third quarter of 2022 because they were unable to buy professional indemnity insurance, an accounting firm said Monday.

  • January 16, 2023

    Law Firm Defeats Suit Over Failed Property Development

    An appeals court has rejected a challenge brought by investors in a failed project for a residential building in northwest England, saying that the law firm which held their deposits as stakeholders was authorized to release the money to the developers.

  • January 16, 2023

    CILEX Takes Over Paralegal Body And Regulator

    The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives said on Monday that it has acquired the Institute of Paralegals, a fellow professional body, in a move to consolidate associations for paralegals in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • How UK Data Breach Ruling May Rein In Insurance Claims

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    The recent U.K. High Court ruling in Warren v. DSG Retail, which held that claimants can only pursue personal data claims provided for in data protection legislation, narrows the basis upon which claims can be made following a data breach, and could make lower-cost recovery of after-the-event insurance premiums a thing of the past, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Takeaways On Noncompete Pacts From UK Top Court Ruling

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    The recent U.K. Supreme Court holding in Harcus Sinclair v. Your Lawyers provides a helpful synopsis of factors to be considered in determining whether the beneficiary of a restraint of trade undertaking has legitimate interests to protect, say David Fisher and Pooja Dasgupta at CM Murray.

  • Takeaways On Pre-Action Protocols From UK Patent Ruling

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    The U.K. High Court's recent patent ruling in Add2 Research v. dSpace instructs parties in proper pre-action discussions that avoid breaches of protocol, including how to provide materials in confidence, say Angela Jack and Emily Atherton at EIP.

  • Grant Thornton Ruling May Broaden Advisers' Duty Of Care

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's ruling in Manchester Building Society v. Grant Thornton will affect other professional negligence cases as it downgraded the scope of duty test and will provide more flexibility for judges in deciding similar cases now that they have been released from the 1997 SAAMCO precedent, says Robin Henry at Collyer Bristow.

  • Arbitral Enforcement Takeaways From Kazakh Asset Ruling

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    While a Belgian court's recent decision in Stati v. Kazakhstan to uphold a freeze on Kazakhstan's assets sets a precedent in favor of arbitral award enforcement, it still highlights the difficulties of investor-state arbitration, and shows that investors' need to launch new proceedings may ultimately depend on the approach of the relevant jurisdictions, says Tomas Vail at Vail Dispute Resolution.

  • Prospects Look Strong For UK Class Actions

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    Class actions have become more commonplace in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe amid high returns, and the trend is expected to continue in areas as diverse as competition, environmental, data privacy and securities, with some busy years ahead, say Edward Coulson and Rachel Ziegler at BCLP.

  • What The Financial Markets Might Look Like After Libor

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    As the long-awaited transition out of Libor via alternative reference rates such as the Sterling Overnight Index Average edges closer, several long-term uncertainties and inherent litigation risks remain, with legacy contracts and misseling claims among the key areas of concern, say Alexander Edwards and Hannah Sharp at Rosling King.

  • The UK Bribery Act At 10, And What's Next

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    Lauded as a gold standard that put the U.K. in step with modern commercial practices, the Bribery Act turns 10 years old with just a few unmet goals, mostly at the prosecutorial end — and those charged with enforcement will likely face some real tests in the next decade, says Anneka Randhawa at White & Case.

  • UK Employment Case May Lead To New Discrimination Suits

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    The recent Maya Forstater case before the U.K. Employment Appeals Tribunal, concerning whether gender-critical beliefs are a protected characteristic, could provoke an influx of discrimination cases on the basis that philosophical beliefs could trump other protected characteristics, says Jules Quinn at King & Spalding.

  • An Underused Group Litigation Tool Could Help UK Claimants

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    Though the Financial Markets Test Case Procedure has only been used as a collective redress mechanism for the first time recently in Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance, hopefully it will be called on more often to resolve future post-Brexit issues and other pandemic cases, says Becca Hogan at Signature Litigation.

  • Warnings And Guideposts From EU Sanctions Blocking Case

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    An advocate general's recent opinion in Bank Melli Iran v. Telekom Deutschland, a European Union sanctions blocking case, highlights serious new international regulatory compliance risks but also presents helpful guidance for navigating conflicting EU and U.S. rules, say Thomas Grant at Cambridge University and Scott Kieff at George Washington University.

  • 2 UK Pension Cases Guide On 3rd-Party Due Diligence

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Adams v. Options UK, and upcoming hearing in Financial Conduct Authority v. Avacade, highlight important precautions self-invested personal pension operators should take when dealing with unauthorized third parties, says Paul Ashcroft at Wedlake Bell.

  • Lifting US Sanctions On Iran Would Increase Financial Activity

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    If recent talks for the U.S. to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal pan out, financial activity between formerly sanctioned entities and European counterparties will likely increase, and demand for certain types of legal work may shift, say Kartik Mittal and Stephanie Limaco at Zaiwalla.

  • UK Ruling Shows Tool For Taming Multijurisdictional Disputes

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    In PJSC National Bank Trust v. Mints, the U.K. High Court imposed costs on the prevailing party for failure to notify the court of related proceedings, demonstrating an approach that judges may use to mitigate the risk of discordant outcomes in multijurisdictional litigation, say Thomas Grant at Cambridge University and Scott Kieff at George Washington Law School.

  • A Bumpy Road To Normality After UK Pandemic Support Ends

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    As U.K. government relief measures that have shored up businesses amid the pandemic taper off, parties that cannot resolve restructuring or insolvency issues through commercial bargaining will influence the types of matters appearing before courts for years, say attorneys at Freshfields.

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