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English Court Increasingly Willing To Order Disclosure From Third-Party Devices

Two recent English cases illustrate the court’s receptiveness to disclosure orders in relation to informal communications on personal devices. By Dan Smith and Aisling Billington In two recent decisions, the English Court has demonstrated a pragmatic and targeted approach to ordering disclosure of material held on personal devices of third parties, and a recognition of … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Rules That “Judgments on Judgments” Are Not Registrable for Enforcement Under the Administration of Justice Act 1920

The Court found that the Administration of Justice Act 1920 should be interpreted purposively rather than literally. By Oliver E. Browne and Callum Rodgers The English Court of Appeal has considered for the first time whether the Administration of Justice Act 1920 should be interpreted as permitting the registration of a Commonwealth State judgment in … Continue Reading

Baking the Books — Recent Instances of Fraud Highlight the Need for Vigilance in M&A Deals

Buyers’ best defence against M&A fraud requires rigorous, pre-closing due diligence — when fraud is suspected, deal teams should seek legal advice and proceed with caution. Oliver Browne, Richard Butterwick, Alanna Andrew, Frederick Brodie, Connor Cahalane, and Catherine Campbell Recent high-profile fraud cases gravely illustrate how a failure to detect fraudulent activity can cause lasting damage … Continue Reading

No Serious Irregularity in Arbitral Award for Failure to Take Account of Evidence

By Oliver Browne, Daniel Harrison, and Eleanor Scogings The English High Court recently dismissed a challenge to an arbitral award, holding that the tribunal’s alleged failure to take account of evidence did not amount to a serious irregularity under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act).[i] The Challenge Under Section 68 (Serious Irregularity) … Continue Reading

Penalty Clauses in Project Finance Transactions

By JP Sweny, Matthew Brown and Rachel Croft A number of recent English court decisions have recast the test for determining when a contractual provision may be unenforceable under English law as a “penalty clause”. The rule against penalty clauses is particularly important in project finance transactions, which typically involve a complex set of commercial … Continue Reading
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