Commercial Litigation UK

  • March 13, 2024

    Four Car Manufacturers To Face Dieselgate Trial In 2025

    Ford and Nissan are among four major carmakers that will face trial in October 2025 over claims on behalf of 1.25 million motorists alleging that the manufacturers used in-car technology to cheat emissions tests, Leigh Day said Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Saudi Gov't Loses Immunity Appeal After Solicitors Back Out

    An appeal by Saudia Arabia's British embassy against a religious discrimination claim brought by a former employee was dismissed on Wednesday after the diplomatic outpost failed to pay its solicitors at RPC to continue representing it.

  • March 13, 2024

    CMA Fights Decision To Block Raid On Home In Cartel Probe

    Britain's antitrust watchdog challenged on Wednesday the refusal by a tribunal to grant a warrant to raid the home of an individual connected to a chemicals cartel investigation, claiming the decision could make it impossible for enforcers to search domestic properties.

  • March 13, 2024

    Apprentice Wins £25K After Telecoms Biz Cut Role Short

    A telecommunications company must pay a former apprentice £25,000 ($32,000) after breaching his contract by cutting ties with him before the end of his term, a Scottish tribunal has ruled.

  • March 13, 2024

    Energy Co. Founder Denies Owing Abraaj Investment $41M

    The founder of an energy company has denied an investment management firm's claim it is owed $41 million by the electrical manufacturer that part-owned his business, telling a London court that the alleged debt was transferred to a UAE bank.

  • March 12, 2024

    IPhone Users' £853M Battery Suit Gets OK On Funding Revamp

    Apple must face an £853 million ($1 billion) class action claim alleging it concealed problems with iPhone batteries after Britain's antitrust tribunal said Tuesday that a revised litigation funding deal overcomes the hurdle recently thrown up by the country's highest court.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ericsson Fights To Fend Off Lenovo FRAND Battle In UK

    Ericsson asked a London court on Tuesday to reject Lenovo's request for fair rates for the use of each other's patents to be set in the U.K., arguing that the Chinese tech giant was forum shopping to disturb ongoing proceedings in the U.S.

  • March 12, 2024

    Civil Servants Appeal For 2nd Shot At Age Bias Challenge

    Twenty civil servants argued Tuesday that they were not given a fair shot at their claim that a redundancy compensation scheme was unjustifiably biased against older staff.

  • March 12, 2024

    Immigration Lawyer Caught In Sting Loses Strike-Off Appeal

    An immigration lawyer lost his appeal on Tuesday to stay on the rolls, after he was caught by an undercover journalist recommending that a client gather false documents for a visa application, with a London court ruling that his appeal was "totally without merit."

  • March 12, 2024

    'Clearer Than Ever' That Wright Is Not Satoshi, Developers Say

    Lawyers for developers seeking to prove that Craig Wright is not the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin told the High Court that it is "clearer than ever" that the Australian computer scientist is not Satoshi Nakamoto in closing arguments on Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Staffer Who Sent Sex Doll To Boss Unfairly Axed By Tech Biz

    A tech company unfairly fired an employee who sent their manager a sex doll, an employment tribunal ruled, although it also rejected the staffer's bid for £16 million ($20.6 million) in damages and their request to be reinstated.

  • March 12, 2024

    Italian Can Sue South African Wildlife TV Channel In The UK

    An Italian citizen working in South Africa can sue a popular wildlife channel in the U.K., after an employment tribunal ruled that he was effectively treated like a local worker and paid his taxes as one.

  • March 12, 2024

    Spanish PE Firm Denies Owing PwC €2M Over Hotel Deal

    A Spanish private equity firm has said it does not owe a €2 million ($2.2 million) fee to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, claiming the Big Four accounting firm failed to provide all the services required under an agreement to raise money to buy a hotel in Mallorca.

  • March 12, 2024

    Motorbike Apparel Biz Sues Retailers For Design Infringement

    A motorcycle clothing company has sued several retailers for £50,000 ($63,800) in a London court for allegedly infringing its design rights over multiple protective apparel styles.

  • March 12, 2024

    Trader Says UBS Has 'Habit' Of Not Following The Law

    The director of a collapsed commodities trader told a London court on Tuesday that UBS has a "habit" of not following the law, rejecting accusations that he siphoned off company funds to family members after the business became insolvent.

  • March 12, 2024

    West End Producer Gets £90K For False Grooming Allegations

    A London court has awarded a West End theater producer £90,000 ($115,000) after a news site falsely and maliciously published a story that claimed he was involved in grooming children in the entertainment industry.

  • March 12, 2024

    Axed Greggs Staffer Warned Off Racism Complaint Wins £21K

    A tribunal has scolded Greggs for its handling of an employee's racial discrimination claim and awarded the staffer £21,400 ($27,400) after the bakery chain botched a probe into whether he took unauthorized leave before unfairly firing him and two others.

  • March 11, 2024

    Canadian Co. Loses $4.4B Romanian Gold Mining Claim

    Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources Ltd. has reported its failure to win a $4.4 billion dispute with Romania over a canceled gold and silver project, saying its claims filed against the government have been thrown out by the World Bank's international arbitration institution.

  • March 11, 2024

    New Arbitration Firm Has 'Hit Ground Running,' Founders Say

    Three international arbitration specialists who worked at Dechert LLP in France before they left to launch a boutique firm said on Monday that the new business has "hit the ground running" since it opened in January.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lawyers Say 'Stale' $88M Negligence Suit Is Too Late

    A Cayman Islands law firm and two barristers asked a London court on Monday to toss out a construction magnate's $88 million negligence suit against them and Clyde & Co. LLP, arguing he waited too long to bring his case.

  • March 11, 2024

    Firm's Ex-Owners Deny Hiding Client Exits Before £79M Sale

    The former owners of an IT supplier have denied they kept silent about major customers departing the business before selling it to a global software company, claiming the company's shares were not worth £38.2 million ($49 million) less than the final sale price. 

  • March 11, 2024

    Nuvei Unit Sues Pay Group Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    A Nuvei Group subsidiary has sued several payments companies and their bosses for allegedly failing to use the company's payments technology, despite signing a deal promising to do so in return for a website domain.

  • March 11, 2024

    Whistleblower Forced To Quit After Questioning CEO's CV

    A chief operating officer at a charity was forced to resign after senior figures said his whistleblowing claims about the new chief executive's CV had ruined their trust in him, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 11, 2024

    EasyGroup Fights Tefal's Bid To Revoke Its 'Easy' TMs

    EasyGroup has hit back at Tefal's claim that its trademarks are invalid and therefore cannot be infringed in an ongoing battle over the French cookware maker's "Easy Fry" air fryers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Santander Whistleblower Loses Bid To Revive Claim

    An appellate tribunal has rejected a bid by a former financial crime policy manager at Santander to revive her whistleblowing and discrimination claims against the bank, ruling a fair trial was not possible because she failed to exchange witness statements.

Expert Analysis

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • What ClientEarth Ruling Means For Shareholder Climate Suits

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    The High Court recently confirmed its earlier decision in ClientEarth v. Shell, illustrating that environmental groups seeking to bring a derivative action against corporate directors' strategic decision making may find it challenging to obtain admissible evidence to establish a prima facie case of a breach, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Directors Should Beware Reinvigorated UK Insolvency Service

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    The recent lengthy disqualification of Carillion directors serves as a salutary lesson to executives on the level of third-party scrutiny to which their actions may be exposed, and a reminder that the directors’ fiduciary duty to creditors is paramount once a company is irretrievably insolvent, says Ben Drew at Fladgate.

  • EU Privacy Plan Finally Resolves Data Transfer Woes

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    Previous attempts by the European Commission to facilitate data transfers to the U.S. have been unsuccessful, but the recent EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework may bring greater legal certainty through new control mechanisms and clearer supervisory authority functions, say Joaquín Muñoz and Robbie Morrison at Bird & Bird.

  • The New Accountability Landscape For Financial Regulators

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    The preliminary-stage success of a group of U.K. lawmakers in a case against the Financial Conduct Authority highlights the significant hurdles for review of regulatory actions, but the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 creates additional visibility into the regulators' decision making, which may lead to an increase in judicial review activity, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Director Responsibilities Amid Russian Asset Seizures

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    Following Russia's recent takeover of several companies, shareholders may argue that directors failed to properly guard the companies' assets and choose to bring derivative claims or unfair prejudice petitions, say lawyers at Collyer Bristow.

  • Investors Should Prepare For Possible EU Energy Treaty Exit

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    Following the European Commission’s recent call for the European Union and Euratom to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, investors in the energy sector should assess the legal structure of their existing investments and consider restructuring to ensure adequate protections, says Philipp Kurek at Kirkland.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • EU Illumina-Grail Fine Cools Cos.' Merger Control Approach

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    The European Commission's recent record-breaking fine on Illumina for acquiring Grail without approval underscores its tough stance on merger control enforcement, showing that companies in Europe need to be vigilant in complying with regulatory requirements, say Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Raphaël Fleischer at King & Spalding.

  • UK Top Court Ruling Spells Uncertainty For Litigation Funders

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Paccar Inc. v. Competition Appeal Tribunal has called litigation funding agreements impermissible, causing astonishment in the legal industry and raising questions over how funders should now approach litigation, say Mohsin Patel at Factor Risk Management and Imran Benson at Hailsham Chambers.

  • 4 ADR Techniques To Know In Employment Cases

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    With increasing pressure on Employment Tribunal resources and recent presidential guidance highlighting alternative dispute resolution methods, practitioners should know the key types of ADR available for employment claims, how they differ and what the likely future implications are for those involved in tribunal litigation, says Sarah Hooton at Browne Jacobson.

  • EU Privacy Framework Will Aid Int'l Data Transfer Compliance

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    The underlying certification mechanism in the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework recently adopted by the European Commission has pros and cons, and by understanding its mechanics businesses and organizations can grasp the means to ensure General Data Protection Regulation compliance in their data transfers, say lawyers at Chiomenti.

  • Opinion

    Plea For A New Int'l Tribunal For Russia's Crime Of Aggression

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    Legal experts worldwide should support the International Bar Association and other organizations calling for a United Nations special criminal tribunal to prosecute Russian leaders for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, or risk standing by as war atrocities and threats to global security increase, says Olga Kostina at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

  • EU Case Shows Wide Approach To Blocking Telecom Mergers

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    The EU court's recent judgment in Commission v. CK Telecoms may make it more challenging to secure clearance for telecom and other companies pursuing mergers, illustrating its broad approach to mergers that risk harming competition without creating a dominant position, say Dominic Long and Christopher Best at Allen & Overy.

  • Protecting Reputation In The Age Of Shareholder Activism

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    With the rise in investors using equity ownership to influence the management of a company, shareholder activism has taken on fresh impetus, and general counsel have a critical part to play in safeguarding an organization's reputation by engaging in open communication and implementing effective corporate governance, says Neil McLeod at The PHA Group.

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