Commercial Litigation UK

  • November 28, 2022

    Semiconductor Maker Revives Intel Patent Row In The UK

    R2 Semiconductors has filed an intellectual property infringement lawsuit, claiming in the High Court that Intel's chips infringe one of its power-management technology patents, years after it failed to defend a similar case in the U.S.

  • November 28, 2022

    Lawmaker Urges Gov't To 'Act Quickly' On Anti-SLAPP Law

    A British lawmaker urged the government on Monday to "act quickly" and introduce legislation to prevent wealthy elites from abusing the country's courts by using the threat of costly litigation to silence critics.

  • November 25, 2022

    Barclays Hands £54M In Fraud Proceeds To NCA In UK First

    The National Crime Agency has taken control of £53.9 million ($65.3 million) of suspected proceeds of fraud from Barclays Bank UK PLC after the High Court granted a civil recovery order on Friday — a first for British legal history.

  • November 25, 2022

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

    The past week in London has seen the SFO bring legal action against a Lebanese bank with alleged ties to Hezbollah, a Mancunian Blockbuster-themed cocktail bar sued by the video rental shop for copyright infringement, and IGT hoping for the luck of the draw in a fresh procurement claim against the Gambling Commission. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 25, 2022

    Ex-Execs Fire Back at Quilter In Pension Compensation Suit

    Eight former directors of a financial advice company have hit back at another advisory firm in a battle over £1.2 million ($1.4 million) paid to their clients who were wrongly guided on pension schemes.

  • November 25, 2022

    Court Trims Fraud Claims In $661M Share-Purchase Spat

    A joint venture backed by Chinese financial services firm Everbright and technology company Baofeng can bring fraud claims against Media Partners & Silva LLC but must drop allegations that the insolvent sports media rights company lied about its business practices, a London court ruled on Friday.

  • November 25, 2022

    KPMG Dodges Architect's Employment Bias Lawsuit

    KPMG will not face an architect's claim that its staff discriminated against her after an employment tribunal ruled that the Big Four audit firm was not responsible for her allegedly being demoted.

  • November 25, 2022

    Anonymous Party Can't Be Heard In Crypto IP Dispute

    A London court has ruled that the operator of a bitcoin website cannot dispute costs after being found to have infringed the copyright of the self-styled inventor of the cryptocurrency without being identified, a decision with far-reaching implications for anonymous parties in litigation.

  • November 25, 2022

    Injured Vacationer Fails In Consumer Credit Test Case Appeal

    A tourist injured on a package holiday provided by a now-collapsed travel agency cannot bring a claim against Bank of Scotland after a London appellate court threw out her appeal on Friday, dismissing the test case that sought to expand consumer credit protection.

  • November 24, 2022

    Adecco Fights For EU Employment Disputes To Stay Domestic

    The U.K. arm of international human resources group Adecco Group AG urged an appeals tribunal on Thursday to overturn a ruling that mass redundancies in several countries in Europe were transnational and should be dealt with through its European Works Council.

  • November 24, 2022

    England's Highest Judge To Retire In 2023 After 6 Years At Top

    Judge Ian Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, announced on Thursday that he will step down as the head of the judiciary next year, bringing to a close a six-year term in office.

  • November 24, 2022

    SFO To Face 2024 Trial Over ENRC Probe Leaks Claims

    The Serious Fraud Office was told by a London judge on Thursday to prepare for a seven-week trial in 2024 over claims that its officers repeatedly leaked information to journalists about a criminal investigation into mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corp.

  • November 24, 2022

    Film Producer Sues News Group Over Phone Hacking Claims

    The producer of films including "Shaun of the Dead" and mother of English singer-songwriter Lily Allen has hit News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, with fresh phone-hacking accusations, according to recent London court filings.

  • November 24, 2022

    Insurers Hit Back At Faulty Bathroom Insurance Suit

    Four insurers have hit back against a major construction company's £5.1 million ($6.2 million) lawsuit, arguing that they did not have to indemnify damage caused by a faulty floor design under the terms of the policy.

  • November 24, 2022

    Gap-Owned Athleta Defends UK TMs In Infringement Suit

    Sports brand Athleta, part of U.S. clothing company Gap, has claimed that its brand name has generated enough goodwill in the U.K. to warrant trademark protection, firing back at an attempt by a Danish sportswear rival to nix the trademarks.

  • November 24, 2022

    MailOnline Publisher Seeks $5M Over Scrapped Ad Contract

    MailOnline's parent company is suing a video software business for $5.3 million, claiming the technology firm tore up a contract for its advertising platform without warning over alleged "prohibited material" on the news website.

  • November 24, 2022

    Umbro Supplier Sues For £1.8M In 'Unpaid' Dividends

    A European supplier for Umbro has sued a shareholder of the sportswear brand's product-sourcing unit, arguing that it is owed more than £1.8 million ($2.2 million) in unpaid dividends.

  • November 23, 2022

    4 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Against Barclays Over $17.6B Error

    Four firms have submitted competing bids to serve as lead counsel in a proposed shareholder class action in New York federal court over a financial reporting error that led to Barclays selling more than $17.6 billion in securities over its maximum registered amount.

  • November 23, 2022

    Firms Must Digitize Compliance Systems, Legal Tech VP Says

    A vice president at anti-money laundering software provider SmartSearch argued at London's LegalEx conference that compliance processes should become fully digital to avoid potential scams or regulatory fines.

  • November 23, 2022

    Judge Transfers £270M Microsoft Antitrust Suit To CAT

    The U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal will take the reins of a £270 million ($325 million) antitrust lawsuit which accuses Microsoft Corp. of stifling the resale market for its software licenses, a High Court judge has ordered.

  • November 23, 2022

    Mishcon Lands Arbitration Pro From Eversheds Sutherland

    Mishcon de Reya LLP has continued to build its international arbitration team with the hire of a specialist in construction, energy and transport disputes from Eversheds Sutherland.

  • November 23, 2022

    Loans Co. Sues AmTrust To Force £56M Insurance Payouts

    A legal loans company is suing AmTrust, claiming it has been left holding the bag for £55.6 million ($67.1 million) after the insurance giant refused to pay out on policies in a legal costs insurance scheme.

  • November 23, 2022

    HMRC Urges Justices Not To Backdate Digital News' Zero VAT

    Permitting digital news services provided by U.K. newspapers to qualify for zero-rate value-added tax before a 2020 law change would be an illegitimate extension of the exemption for print media, HM Revenue & Customs argued Wednesday at Britain's highest court.

  • November 23, 2022

    Hilton Hotel Says It's Not Liable For Gold Coin Burglary

    A Hilton hotel in London has hit back against a £500,000 ($600,000) lawsuit filed by a Greek collector over the theft of rare 22-carat gold coins, arguing that a cleaner had not been negligent when she let two men into his room.

  • November 23, 2022

    Sweets Maker, M&S Face Off With Rival In 'Percy Pig' TM Spat

    Marks & Spencer PLC and the maker of the retailer's Percy Pigs line of sweets are suing a rival confectioner, alleging that it is selling "identical" pig-face shaped sweets that infringe three of its trademarks.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Arbitration Review Makes Sensible Case For Status Quo

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    The U.K. Law Commission's recent consultation paper recommends only minor updates to key areas of the Arbitration Act 1996, showing the commission's clear preference to hold to the established standards under which London became one of the most popular seats of international arbitration, say Ruth Byrne and Elysia-Elena Stellakis at King & Spalding.

  • New Clarity On Directors' Creditor Duty In Insolvency Context

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    The recent case of BTI 2014 v. Sequana, the first to consider the creditor duty at U.K. Supreme Court level, provides directors and insolvency practitioners with significant guidance on how close to insolvency the company needs to be for the creditor duty to be engaged, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Directors Are Unlikely To Face Personal Liability In Tort Claims

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Barclay-Watt v. Alpha Panareti Public suggests that to establish accessory liability it will not be enough to show that the director controlled the company or was closely involved in what it did — something more will be needed, say Anna Pertoldi and Maura McIntosh at Herbert Smith.

  • How Int'l Claims Can Be Lost — Or Won — In Translation

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    In light of a recent International Chamber of Commerce decision that hinged on the translation of a foreign investment law, Ben Love and Sagar Gupta at Boies Schiller consider other leading international tribunals' rulings and practices when it comes to multilingualism and interpretation, and identify related pitfalls for parties to cross-border disputes.

  • Holiday Entitlement Ruling May Affect Employer Practices

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    Following the recent decision of Harpur Trust v. Brazel, employers may want to consider some practical options and review their processes to ensure that workers with irregular hours receive their paid holiday entitlement, say Alex Fisher and Anna West at Travers Smith.

  • What An Organization Can Do To Protect Its Supply Chains

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    In light of recent world events, supply chain issues have never been more critical for business, and to protect the commercial viability of their contracts, organizations should address performance concerns in good time, with a workable strategy in place should the chain break down, says Laura Heeley at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Lessons From UK-France Court Split On Arbitral Enforcement

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's refusal to recognize an international arbitral agreement in Kabab-Ji SAL v. Kout Food Group, and the French Court of Cassation's refusal to annul the same, highlight the need for agreements to expressly state where disputes will be governed, say attorneys at Covington.

  • German Draft Bill Reflects Trend Toward New Antitrust Tools

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    A recently proposed amendment to the German Act against Restraints on Competition continues the trend in Europe to equip authorities with greater powers, shifting from a more traditional approach to a more extensive market protection tool, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • How COVID, Supply Chain Woes Are Fueling Air Cargo M&A

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    The pandemic has triggered a shift in the air cargo market, with supply chain issues and demand for expedited service attracting new investment — and M&A interest will likely continue, even as inflation and other factors damp enthusiasm, say Solange Leandro and Alison Weal at Watson Farley.

  • How The Rise Of Brand Activism Is Affecting Employment Law

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    As the choice of employer and its values is increasingly seen as an extension of an employee's personal brand, a number of employment law issues come to the fore, including employers' rights to restrict their employees' behaviors and employees' rights to express their own views, says James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • What EU Oil Spill Insurance Ruling Means For UK Arbitration

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    A recent European Court of Justice opinion in an insurance dispute related to the 2002 sinking of oil tanker MV Prestige provides clarity on the priority of cross-border judgments and arbitral awards, and indicates that EU member state civil judgments will be given precedence over U.K. arbitral awards — with exceptions, says David Vaughan at Collyer Bristow.

  • UK Claim Limitation Ruling Is A Tentative Win For Insurers

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    A U.K. county court's recent decision in Rashid v. Direct Savings reduces the limitation period for third parties to make direct claims against insurers, potentially providing insurers with a defense that was not previously apparent, if the decision is upheld on appeal, says Robert Morris at RPC.

  • 'Compare The Market' Ruling Sends Clear Signal To CMA

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    In setting aside a Competition and Markets Authority fine against price comparison website Compare The Market, a recent Competition Appeal Tribunal decision sends a sharp message to the CMA that it cannot merely theorize anti-competitive effects, but should prove them empirically when it can, say Henry Mostyn and Jonas Zenger at Cleary.

  • Recent Restructuring Plan Shows Benefits For Smaller Cos.

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    A small vacation property management company's recent restructuring plan provides a perfect example of the flexibility and creativity that this relatively new device can offer small and medium-sized businesses in the anticipated economic downturn, say Bethan Moore and Lemi McAuley at Shoosmiths.

  • Steps Businesses Can Take To Mitigate AI Discrimination Bias

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    There are risks that artificial intelligence systems can result in actionable discrimination in recruitment and employment processes, and to mitigate bias businesses should ensure there is informed human involvement, putting in place suitable policy frameworks to reflect their values and positions on diversity, says David Lorimer at Fieldfisher.

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