Commercial Litigation UK

  • July 17, 2024

    Venom Vocalist Sues Bandmate For Copyright Infringement

    Heavy-metal singer Conrad Lant has sued his former Venom band-mate, arguing that drummer Anthony Bray and a music distributor were infringing his copyright by selling merchandise stamped with his designs.

  • July 16, 2024

    Atty Seeks Protection From 'Swords Of Damocles' In $4B Fight

    A private wealth solicitor fought Tuesday in a London court to remove "Swords of Damocles" hanging over him after he was appointed as the representative of a late Russian billionaire's estate in the latest chapter of a $1 billion dispute over the businessman's $3.7 billion fortune.

  • July 16, 2024

    Self-Styled Bitcoin Founder Could Face Criminal Prosecution

    A London judge referred Australian computer scientist Craig Wright to prosecutors Tuesday for potential perjury charges after concluding Wright had repeatedly lied about inventing bitcoin for financial gain.

  • July 16, 2024

    Transgender Judge's Exit Illustrates Bench's Diversity Woes

    The resignation of Victoria McCloud, Britain's only transgender judge, has opened up a debate over just how diverse the judiciary really is. She tells Law360 that "if you're a minority, and you're at risk of being vilified, the support simply isn't there."

  • July 16, 2024

    Bude Nathan Says Ex-Client Understood Joint Venture's Terms

    Property solicitors Bude Nathan Iwanier LLP has claimed that an elderly former client the firm advised on a failed joint venture was an experienced property investor, denying accusations that it failed to warn him that the project was one-sided and dangerous.

  • July 16, 2024

    Nigerians Claim Right To Sue Leigh Day For Oil Spill Victims

    A Nigerian argued to the High Court on Tuesday that he can sue Leigh Day for negligence on behalf of oil spill victims in his country after a judge refused to adjourn the trial for a second time over the claimants' lack of counsel.

  • July 16, 2024

    Lawyer Faces Tribunal Over 'Fraudulent' £1M Gov't Loan

    The solicitors' watchdog accused a lawyer on Tuesday of entering into a fraudulent loan agreement when she allegedly falsely claimed that her corporate client had secured £1 million ($1.3 million) in private investment that was being held in her law firm's client account.

  • July 16, 2024

    Uber Loses Court Of Appeal Tussle Over Taxi Contracts

    Private hire vehicle operators outside London do not need to contract directly with their customers to provide taxi services, a London appeals court has ruled, overturning a decision that threatened to abolish the agency business model.

  • July 16, 2024

    Gov't Launches Review Of Personal Injury Compensation Rate

    The Labour government has announced a review of the personal injury discount rate in a move that could have a knock-on effect for insurance premiums for motorists.

  • July 16, 2024

    Donre Advisory Enters Liquidation After FCA Scrutiny

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday that Donre Advisory Ltd. has entered liquidation two months after it stopped the inadequately resourced investment adviser from conducting business.

  • July 16, 2024

    Axiom On Hook Again For Ex-Staffer's Unpaid Wages

    Axiom Ince must pay £1,125 ($1,458) in missed earnings to one of its former employees, a tribunal held in a ruling published on Tuesday after a series of similar decisions against the law firm, which collapsed in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    Top UK Court Rules Deal Advice Fees Are Not Tax Deductible

    Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) paid in advisory fees by an investment company to Deutsche Bank and others is not tax-deductible as the expenses were "capital in nature" spent trying to dispose of a Dutch business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Care Workers' Vaccine Preference Can't Top Residents' Safety

    An employment appeals panel has affirmed that a healthcare provider's mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy did not infringe a group of care home workers' human rights, ruling that they were justifiably sacked because the company had a right to protect its residents.

  • July 15, 2024

    Security Biz's Contract Breach Forced Bullied Officer To Resign

    A security officer was forced to quit after bosses continuously ignored his complaints about colleagues who were bullying him and arriving late to their shifts, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 15, 2024

    ATM Network Says 'Link' TM Extensively Used In UK

    The main ATM network in the U.K. has hit back at Stripe over allegations that its trademark name "Link" should be revoked for lack of use and said the mark has been employed extensively within the country.

  • July 15, 2024

    AstraZeneca Unit Defends Soliris Patent Against Invalidity Bid

    Alexion has hit back at a claim by Amgen that its patent over Soliris is invalid, arguing in a London court that the formula for the rare blood disease treatment was not obvious based on earlier patents and publications.

  • July 15, 2024

    Daily Mail Wins Bid To Ax Green Industrialist's Libel Case

    The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper won its fight to dismiss a £100,000 ($129,800) libel claim by a green energy tycoon on Monday after a judge ruled that it was not "potentially viable" because it was over only part of an article.

  • July 15, 2024

    Nigerian Oil Spill Victims Can't Put Off Leigh Day Trial

    A judge declined on Monday to adjourn the case of Nigerian villagers suing Leigh Day over the negotiation of a £55 million ($71 million) settlement with a Shell subsidiary, saying that the claimants had failed to explain why they were not ready on the first day of trial.

  • July 15, 2024

    BHP, Vale To Split Damages 50/50 Ahead Of £36B Dam Trial

    Mining giants BHP and Vale have agreed to equally share the cost of any damages awarded to hundreds of thousands of claimants in legal proceedings in England, the Netherlands and Brazil over a dam disaster operation that killed 19 people.

  • July 12, 2024

    InterDigital Gets $240M In FRAND Dispute With Lenovo

    A London appeals court ordered Lenovo to pay $240.1 million to InterDigital on Friday for a license to use its standard essential patents covering wireless technologies, resolving a lengthy dispute over fair and nondiscriminatory license terms.

  • July 12, 2024

    Jenner Hires Finance Disputes Pro From Stephenson Harwood

    Jenner & Block LLP has bolstered its London office with the hire of a financial disputes services specialist who co-headed the litigation practice at Stephenson Harwood LLP.

  • July 12, 2024

    Lawyer Beats Allegation He Helped Tycoon Duck Asset Freeze

    A leading Monégasque lawyer did not conspire to help an embattled Taiwanese shipping magnate evade an asset freezing order, as he "honestly believed" he was entitled to transfer $26 million from the sale of the businessman's villas, a London judge ruled Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Met Officer Gets £37K For Disability Discrimination Claim

    A Metropolitan police officer won nearly £37,000 ($48,000) in damages on Friday, with the Employment Tribunal deciding to compensate him for disability discrimination that caused him severe distress and "made his life intolerable."

  • July 12, 2024

    Apple, Amazon Fight Over Class Terms In £500M Price Claim

    A consumer advocate clashed in a London tribunal on Friday with Apple and Amazon over the terms of her £500 million ($649 million) class action that accuses them of inking a secret deal to limit independent sales of Apple's products.

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Lessons From Teacher's Menopause Bias Win

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    A Scottish employment tribunal’s recent decision to award a teacher over £60,000 ($77,829) for unfair dismissal is a reminder that menopausal symptoms can amount to a disability, and together with potentially stronger measures from the new Labour government, should prompt all employers to implement effective menopause support policies, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • Why Ukraine Aircraft Insurance Case Failed To Take Off In UK

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    In Aercap v. PJSC Insurance, the High Court decided the claimants could not avoid an exclusive jurisdiction clause and advance their case in England rather than Ukraine, and the reasoning is likely to be of relevance in future jurisdiction disputes, say Abigail Healey and Genevieve Douglas at Quillon Law.

  • What UK Digital Markets Act Will Mean For Competition Law

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    The new Digital Markets Act’s reforms will strengthen the Competition and Markets Authority's investigatory and enforcement powers across its full remit of merger control and antitrust investigations, representing a seismic shift in the U.K. competition and consumer law landscape, say lawyers at Travers Smith.

  • UK Supreme Court Confirms Limits To Arbitration Act Appeals

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    Every year, disappointed parties come out of U.K.-seated arbitrations and try to seek redress in the English courts, but the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Sharp v. Viterra serves as a reminder of the strict restrictions on appeals brought under the Arbitration Act, says Mark Handley at Duane Morris.

  • Examining The EU Sanctions Directive Approach To Breaches

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    In criminalizing sanctions violations and harmonizing the rules on breaches, a new European Union directive will bring significant change and likely increase enforcement risks across the EU, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • Trends, Tips From 7 Years Of EPO Antibody Patent Appeals

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    Recent years of European Patent Office decisions reveal some surprising differences between appeals involving therapeutic antibody patents and those for other technologies, offering useful insight into this developing area of European case law for future antibody patent applicants, say Alex Epstein and Jane Evenson at CMS.

  • 4 Takeaways From Biotech Patent Invalidity Ruling

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    The recent Patents Court decision in litigation between Advanced Cell Diagnostics and Molecular Instruments offers noteworthy commentary on issues related to experiments done in the ordinary course of business, joint importation, common general knowledge and mindset, and mosaicking for anticipation, say Nessa Khandaker and Darren Jiron at Finnegan.

  • Why Reperforming Loan Securitization In UK And EU May Rise

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    The recently published new U.K. securitization rules will largely bring the U.K.’s nonperforming loan regime in line with the European Union, and together with the success of EU and U.K. banks in reducing loan ratios, reperforming securitizations may feature more prominently in relevant markets going forward, say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • What French Watchdog Ruling Means For M&A Landscape

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    Although ultimately dismissed due to lack of evidence, the French competition authority’s recent post-closing review of several nonreportable mergers is a landmark case that highlights the increased complexity of such transactions, and is further testament to the European competition authorities’ willingness to expand their toolkit to address below-threshold M&As, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • How Life Science Companies Are Approaching UPC Opt-Outs

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    A look at recent data shows that one year after its launch, the European Union's Unified Patent Court is still seeing a high rate of opt-outs, including from large U.S.-based life science companies wary of this unpredictable court — and there are reasons this strategy should largely remain the same, say Sanjay Murthy and Christopher Tuinenga at McAndrews Held.

  • New Directors' Code Of Conduct May Serve As Useful Guide

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    Although the Institute of Directors’ current proposal for a voluntary code of conduct is strongly supported by its members, it must be balanced against the statutory requirement for directors to promote their company’s success, and the risk of claims by shareholders if their decisions are influenced by wider social considerations, says Matthew Watson at RPC.

  • Lego Ruling Builds Understanding Of Design Exam Process

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    In Lego v. Guangdong Loongon, the European Union Intellectual Property Office recently invalidated a registered design for a toy figure, offering an illustrative guide to assessing the individual character of a design in relation to a preexisting design, says Christoph Moeller at Mewburn Ellis.

  • Contractual Drafting Takeaways From Force Majeure Ruling

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    Lawyers at Cleary discuss the U.K. Supreme Court's recent judgment RTI v. MUR Shipping and its important implications, including how the court approached the apparent tension between certainty and commercial pragmatism, and considerations for the drafting of force majeure clauses going forward.

  • Behind The Stagecoach Boundary Fare Dispute Settlement

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    The Competition Appeal Tribunal's recent rail network boundary fare settlement offers group action practitioners some much-needed guidance as it reduces the number of remaining parties' five-year dispute from two to one, says Mohsin Patel at Factor Risk Management.

  • The Unified Patent Court: What We Learned In Year 1

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    ​​​​​​​The Unified Patent Court celebrated its first anniversary this month, and while questions remain as we wait for the first decisions on the merits, a multitude of decisions and orders regarding provisional measures and procedural aspects have provided valuable insights already, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

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