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UK Competition Appeal Tribunal Judgment: Pushing the Envelope on Abuse of Dominance

The CAT’s Royal Mail v. Ofcom judgment considers what constitutes abusive conduct, the “as-efficient competitor” test, and the use of expert economic advice. By David Little, Gregory Bonné, Alexandra Luchian, and Nathan Wilkins On 12 November 2019, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (the CAT) published its judgment rejecting Royal Mail’s appeal against a £50 million … Continue Reading

English Court of Appeal Rules on Privilege and Settlement Agreements

The Court examined “without prejudice” privilege and litigation privilege as they apply to settlement agreements and their inspection by co-defendants. By Oliver E. Browne In BGC Brokers LP & Ors v. Tradition UK & Ors,[i] the English Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed an appeal against an order for a settlement agreement to be disclosed in … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal: London-Seated Arbitration Cannot Circumvent Mandatory Arbitration Act Requirements

Decision confirms parties’ statutory right to challenge awards under s.67 and s.68. By Oliver E. Browne The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision which granted a stay of an application challenging an award pending the determination of related further arbitrations (the Second Arbitration Proceedings), pursuant to s.67 and s.68 of the Arbitration … Continue Reading

Unilever – Too Big to Pay?

The Court’s decision rested on whether the patents provided outstanding benefit to the employer’s undertaking.  By Deborah J. Kirk and Catherine Marie Hughes On 23 October, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down its highly anticipated ruling in Shanks v Unilever [2019] UKSC 45 — the conclusion to an extensive campaign by Professor Shanks to … Continue Reading

Is Arbitration Sustainable?

Sustainability, opportunity, and meeting the challenges of the future.  By Sophie J. Lamb QC Each year, Hong Kong Arbitration Week celebrates the triumphs and challenges of international arbitration while actively promoting the development of the practice in Asia. This year’s prestigious Harbour Litigation Funding Lecture, now a highlight of Arbitration Week, was delivered by Sophie … Continue Reading

Payment of Interest on Arbitration Award to Sanctioned Iranian Entity Prohibited

In a geopolitically significant case, the English High Court opined on important provisions of the EU sanctions regime. By Charles Claypoole, Robert Price, and Olivia Featherstone The judgment of the English High Court in Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran v. International Military Services Limited [2019] EWHC … Continue Reading

US Secondary Sanctions Are a “Mandatory Provision of Law” in an English Contract

High Court ruling acknowledges the extraterritorial effect of US secondary sanctions. By Charles Claypoole and Nell Perks In the recent case of Lamesa Investments Ltd v. Cynergy Bank Ltd [2019] EWHC 1877 (Comm), the High Court found that US secondary sanctions constituted a “mandatory provision of law” excusing non-payment under a Facility Agreement. Facts Lamesa … Continue Reading

English High Court Confirms Mediation Can Be Condition Precedent to Litigation

By Eleanor M. Scogings English High Court stays litigation pending mediation. In Ohpen Operations UK Limited v. Invesco Fund Managers Limited,[i] the English court held that mediation was a condition precedent to the commencement of litigation and, accordingly, stayed the proceedings to enable mediation to take place. The decision confirms that an alternative dispute resolution … Continue Reading

English Court of Appeal Confirms Proper Test for Common Mistake Rectification

Objective test applies if a prior concluded contract exists, but subjective test applies if there is a continuing common intention. By George Schurr and Alex Cox In the recent case of FSHC Group Holdings Limited v. GLAS Trust Corporation Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1361, the English Court of Appeal held that for rectification to be … Continue Reading

UK SFO Releases Guidance on Corporate Cooperation Credit

Guidance sets out the SFO’s expectations for investigations but leaves open questions, particularly for cross-border investigations. By Stuart Alford QC, Nathan H. Seltzer, Christopher M. Ting, and Harriet Slater On 6 August 2019, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) issued its much-anticipated Corporate Cooperation Guidance (the Guidance) outlining, in substantial detail, the steps that the … Continue Reading

Enforcement of an Award Adjourned Against a Non-Party to an Arbitration Agreement

Parties should avoid uncertainties by stipulating the applicable law to the arbitration agreement. By Eleanor M. Scogings and Robert Price The decision in J (Lebanon) v. K (Kuwait)[i] provides a useful analysis of which law (i.e., the law of the arbitration agreement or the law of the seat) governs the issue of whether a non-party … Continue Reading

Italy Introduces Comprehensive Reform of Class Action Rules

New law aims to expand the currently limited application of class actions in Italy. By Antonio Distefano and Isabella Porchia The Italian Parliament recently introduced a comprehensive reform of the rules governing class actions with Law No. 31 of 12 April 2019 (the Reform). The Reform, which was published in the Official Gazette on 18 … Continue Reading

Fraud Unravels All – Even Post-Judgment

English Supreme Court rules that there is no reasonable diligence requirement barring a fresh action to set aside a judgment obtained by fraud. Oliver E. Browne and Alex Cox Introduction In Takhar v Gracefield Developments Limited and others [2019] UKSC 13, the English Supreme Court considered whether a party applying to set aside an earlier … Continue Reading

Sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 Have Bite!

A rare example of the English High Court varying an arbitral award. By Oliver E. Browne and Eleanor M. Scogings In Dakshu Patel v. Kesha Patel [2019] EWHC 298 (Ch), the English High Court upheld an appeal under section 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) against an arbitral award. The court concluded that … Continue Reading

English High Court: Public Interest Outweighed Confidentiality of Arbitration

Non-parties are entitled to obtain documents related to an arbitration if the case falls within the “interests of justice” exception. By Eleanor M. Scogings In The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators v B, C and D,[1] the English High Court granted the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Institute) access to documents related to an arbitration for use … Continue Reading

Directors Beware: UK Court of Appeal Ruling Clarifies Creditors’ Abilities to Challenge

The court offers guidance on reversing lawful dividend payments and when directors need to take into account creditors’ interests. By Simon J. Baskerville, Daniel Smith, Anna Hyde, Lisa Stevens, and Vanessa Morrison On 6 February 2019, the UK Court of Appeal published a judgment in BTI v. Sequana that will impact both creditors and directors … Continue Reading

German Real Estate Sellers: Beware Rent Roll Risks

Sellers may be liable for damages if actual rent is lower than stated in the rent roll, despite contractual exclusion of liability for defects. By Christian Thiele and Patrick Braasch The Higher Regional Court of Cologne (HRC Cologne) has ruled that a property seller is liable for the difference between the rent shown in the … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding: Private Equity Investment Opportunity and Portfolio Risk Management Tool

As litigation funders find new disputes markets, PE firms should consider litigation funding as a growth sector — and as a valuable tool for de-risking portfolio company claims. By Stuart Alford, Dan Smith, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Litigation funding, the third-party financing of legal costs in disputes, is increasingly common in the … Continue Reading

English High Court Upholds Privilege Claim Over Client Instructions to Provide Confirmations

The decision clarifies how lawyer-client privilege applies in the context of transactions. By Daniel Smith and James Fagan The recent English High Court decision Raiffeisen Bank International AG v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Limited and Ashurst provides guidance on the application of legal advice privilege in a transaction context, confirming that confidential client instructions can … Continue Reading

Chinese Court Takes Pro-Arbitration Approach to Validity of International Arbitration Agreement

Parties must draft arbitration agreements with Chinese parties clearly and precisely to ensure validity and avoid unwanted litigation. By Oliver E. Browne and Isuru Devendra A Beijing court recently adopted a pro-arbitration approach in upholding the validity of an arbitration agreement designating a non-existent arbitral institution. While the decision reflects the increasingly pro-arbitration attitude of … Continue Reading
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