Commercial Litigation UK

  • November 09, 2022

    Sex Bias Payout Upheld Despite Lack Of Benefit Claim

    An employment tribunal has ruled that an account manager's compensation for her successful sex discrimination claim against a car finance broker should not be reduced simply because she did not apply for a state benefit after she lost her job.

  • November 09, 2022

    Former Deutsche Bank Exec Says Discrimination Behind Exit

    A former Deutsche Bank executive accused the bank of discriminating against her by pretending to find her a new role before firing as the employment tribunal trial over her allegations wrapped Wednesday.

  • November 09, 2022

    Nokia Wins Patent Suit Over Oppo's Smartphones

    A London court ruled Wednesday that Chinese smartphone company Oppo and its subsidiary OnePlus have infringed a standard-essential patent owned by Nokia for wireless communications with a version of the technology that has since been replaced, the latest win for the Finnish telecom giant.

  • November 09, 2022

    Tech Workers Filched Info To Poach Customers, Judge Rules

    A London court ruled Tuesday that four former employees of an environmental technology company breached their contracts and infringed the business's software copyrights by taking confidential information to launch a rival operation.

  • November 09, 2022

    Former HR Manager Accuses FRC Of 'Sham' Sacking

    A former HR manager at the Financial Reporting Council told a tribunal Wednesday that there had been a "concerted campaign" to force her out of work as she sues the regulator for unfair dismissal.

  • November 09, 2022

    Investment Manager Gets Former Exec's Dismissal Suit Axed

    An employment tribunal has nixed an unfair dismissal claim brought by the former managing director of a London investment management firm, finding that her depression and anxiety are not a reasonable excuse for filing the claim almost 50 days late.

  • November 09, 2022

    Osofsky To Leave Serious Fraud Office In 2023

    Lisa Osofsky, the head of Britain's Serious Fraud Office, will leave the anti-fraud agency at the end of her five-year tenure in 2023 as planned, according to an internal message sent to staff on Wednesday seen by Law360.

  • November 09, 2022

    Meta's Sale Of Giphy Mapped Out By UK Watchdog

    Britain's antitrust authority issued a roadmap on Wednesday setting out how Meta must sell Giphy, after finding that the $315 million acquisition by Facebook's owner of the online video services group harms competition for social media users and innovation in advertising.

  • November 09, 2022

    Next Will Buy Failed E-Retailer Made.com From Administrators

    Online retailer Made.com said Wednesday that its administrators will sell parts of the failed furniture business to Next, the clothing and homewares chain, for £3.4 million ($3.9 million) but warned that the move will result in hundreds of redundancies.

  • November 08, 2022

    $1.75M Libor Deal With Credit Suisse, Others Gets Initial OK

    A New York federal judge granted preliminary approval to a $1.75 million settlement between bondholders and MUFG Bank Ltd., Credit Suisse Group AG and The Norinchukin Bank to resolve litigation over the financial institutions' alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • November 08, 2022

    EU High Court Backs Fiat In State Aid Tax Dispute

    Europe's highest court on Tuesday annulled a 2015 decision from the European Commission that said Luxembourg had given illegal state aid to carmaker Fiat through its transfer pricing policies.

  • November 08, 2022

    King & Spalding Adds Tax Partner In Paris

    The Paris office of King & Spalding LLC added a new tax partner who will join the firm's corporate, finance and investments practice.

  • November 08, 2022

    UK Doc Says Lebanese Bank Denied His Rights In $4.2M Suit

    A British doctor told a London court Tuesday a Lebanese bank was "illegally withholding" his money by refusing to let him transfer millions of dollars out of the country due to financial restrictions.

  • November 08, 2022

    Car Shippers Fight To Get Cartel Class Action Tossed

    A group of vehicle shipping companies urged an appeals court Tuesday to throw out a consumer class action over car payments, arguing that the car buyers hadn't shown they'd be able to prove how much the manufacturers passed on the overcharges to their customers.

  • November 08, 2022

    Drugmaker Loses Fight To Get Seizure Drug Suit Thrown Out

    An appellate court ruled Tuesday that the English courts have jurisdiction to hear a suit from a Japanese drugmaker seeking to collect allegedly unpaid royalties for a seizure treatment based on patents it owns jointly with a British rival because much of the collaboration happened in the U.K.

  • November 08, 2022

    Enviro Groups Win OK To Challenge Dieselgate Decisions

    The European Union's highest court said on Tuesday that environmental groups are allowed to challenge decisions made by regulatory bodies in the bloc about whether carmakers' vehicles comply with restrictions on pollution.

  • November 08, 2022

    Campaigners Challenge UK Gov't Use Of WhatsApp In Appeal

    Campaigners urged the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to hold the government to account on policies policing the use of private devices to conduct official business and ensure the maintenance of public records, arguing that they are a matter of public law.

  • November 08, 2022

    Solicitors Ask Government To Revamp Retained EU Law Bill

    The Law Society on Tuesday called on the government to change a bill that will make much retained European Union law expire in just over a year, saying this would create legal uncertainty and damage the U.K.'s international status with potential effects on finance rules.

  • November 08, 2022

    TUI Discriminated Against Worker With Redundancy Policy

    A Scottish employment tribunal has ruled that a former TUI Airways employee who worked for the airline for over 20 years was unfairly dismissed because the company's redundancy policy for cabin crew penalized her for not working long enough.

  • November 08, 2022

    SRA Sees 'Appetite' For Single Legal Industry Watchdog

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said on Tuesday that there is an "appetite" in Westminster to move toward introducing a single legal regulator for the legal profession.

  • November 08, 2022

    Businessman's Sons Fight UAE Bank's Lawsuit

    Two sons of a United Arab Emirates businessman are fighting a lender's £19 million ($22 million) suit, denying several claims that they helped their father engage in sham transactions to shield his assets from a debt that he owed to the bank under a judgment in the Persian Gulf state.

  • November 07, 2022

    University Of Manchester And 10BE5 Announce Partnership

    The University of Manchester and legal tech company 10BE5 Ltd. announced on Monday their entry into a partnership to develop a fact-checking and data verification product for capital markets disclosures.

  • November 07, 2022

    Rail Signaler Ostracized For Raising Safety Fears

    An employment tribunal has ruled that Network Rail unfairly ostracized a senior signaling manager after he raised safety concerns and reported staff misconduct, including by making his disclosures public and unreasonably instigating a disciplinary investigation against him.

  • November 07, 2022

    Vatican Hits Back At Italian Financier In London Property Suit

    The Vatican is fighting an Italian financier's effort to win a ruling that a controversial £40 million ($46 million) London property deal his company handled was executed in good faith, saying that he merely sued to offset the harm similar proceedings against him at the Vatican have done to his reputation.

  • November 07, 2022

    Vendor Can't Unilaterally Slash Sales Rep's Commission Rate

    An employment tribunal has ruled that an agreement to review a commission entitlement for a sales manager does not mean that a school books seller could unilaterally reduce the commission percentage.

Expert Analysis

  • UK's Vicarious Liability Juggernaut Shows Signs Of Slowing

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    In the last five years, U.K. court decisions have generally broadened the scope of vicarious liability, holding organizations responsible for individuals' crimes, but more recent decisions suggest that courts are finally taking steps to limit such liability, say Stephanie Wilson and Philip Tracey at Plexus Legal.

  • UK Ruling Evinces Conflict In Int'l Award Enforcement

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    A recent U.K. Supreme Court decision in Kabab-Ji SAL v. Kout Food Group, declining to enforce an International Chamber of Commerce award, revives a decade-old cautionary tale in Anglo-French judicial relations and the potential lack of consensus in the cross-border enforcement of international awards, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Navigating FCPA Risks Of Minority-Owned Joint Ventures

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will likely continue to focus on third-party risks under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, so companies with minority-owned joint ventures should take several steps to mitigate related compliance challenges, say Ben Kimberley at The Clorox Company and Addison Thompson at Covington.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

  • Complex Fraud Ruling Clarifies Abuse Of Process Jurisdiction

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal’s recent judgement in Regina v. Jones — allowing prosecution of the complex fraud case to continue — provides important guidance on trial judges’ proper use of the abuse of process jurisdiction in the context of private prosecution, says David Corker at Corker Binning.

  • The Rise Of Climate Change Litigation In Europe

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    European courts are an increasingly popular arena for preventative environmental litigation because they can give judgments that have immediate and binding effects on member states and international companies, making it imperative for companies to comply with and exceed environmental standards, say Sylvie Gallage-Alwis and Stephanie Eaton at Signature Litigation.

  • Policyholder Outlook Following UK Biz Interruption Test Case

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    In the nine months since the U.K. Supreme Court ruled in favor of policyholders in the Financial Conduct Authority’s test case on insurance coverage for COVID-19 businesses interruption claims, similar lawsuits filed against insurers show that a positive outcome for insureds is not guaranteed, say Peter Sharp and Paul Mesquitta at Morgan Lewis.

  • 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.

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