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Thu, 6/10/2016

Michael Ashcroft QC appeared for the successful Appellant ("the Borrower") in this high profile representative action affecting over 6,200 policyholders of the West Bromwich Mortgage Company Ltd ("the Lender"). The dispute concerned buy-to-let "tracker" mortgages and... Read more »

Thu, 8/9/2016

Thomas Raphael QC and Oliver Caplin of 20 Essex Street acted for the claimant biotechnology company (“Fujifilm”) in this important case in which they successfully resisted a challenge from a Bermudan domiciled defendant to the Court’s jurisdiction to serve it out of the... Read more »

Tue, 30/8/2016

In Integral Petroleum SA v Melars Group Limited (2016 EWCA Civ 108), the Court of Appeal confirmed the High Court’s wide discretion in relation to the way in which it chooses to deal with challenges to arbitral awards and confirmed the strict limitations on granting permission to appeal... Read more »

Fri, 5/8/2016

On 5 August 2016 Mr Justice Knowles handed down judgment re-opening a LCIA arbitration nearly 6 years after a US$28 million award. Enforcement difficulties had arisen in the PRC. The award debtors had asserted that one of the award creditors was not party to the underlying contract (and, therefore... Read more »

Fri, 29/7/2016

On 27 July 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in this interesting case raising important issues relating to the law of contract and international trade.  The case arose out of the shipment of 35 containers of cotton to Bangladesh in mid 2011.  The containers were owned by the... Read more »

Thu, 28/7/2016

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Byologics Company Ltd v Abbvie Biotechnology Limited [hearing July 2016, judgment forthcoming] – in a major intellectual property dispute, worth £1.2m per day, a jurisdictional question of general importance relating to the scope of the Court’s powers to serve... Read more »

Thu, 28/7/2016

Anan Kasei v Molycorp Chemicals & Oxides [2016] EWHC 1877 (Pat) – the resolution of a major point of principle on the scope of Article 24(4) of the Brussels I Recast and the ECJ decision in GAT v LUK.   Read more »

Thu, 28/7/2016

Actavis v Eli Lilly [2016] EWHC 234 (Pat) – in the context of a large-scale intellectual property dispute, Thomas Raphael QC handled the commercial aspects of the dispute, including issues of contract law and estoppel. Read more »

Thu, 21/7/2016

On 18 July 2016, Knowles J handed down judgment on a s.69 appeal raising an important question of law relating to the law of international trade, namely whether for the purposes of a contractual indemnity, a liability to a third party is “established and ascertained”, such that the... Read more »