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Following the UK’s exit from the European Union at the end of January this year, many leading City law firms have announced plans to open offices in the EU to ensure that they are able to continue to provide a full range of services throughout the EU.

A recent announcement in the House of Commons may lead to venues such as sports halls and hotel conference rooms being used as temporary court rooms should there be a backlog of claims and cases following the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown. In England and Wales there are already over 1,400 cases waiting for dates at both the Crown court and magistrates court, a number that increases to grow week by week.

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A recent independent report by London-based litigation analytics specialists Solomonic has highlighted a fall in the number of litigation actions taking place in the UK’s commercial courts, following steady growth in the preceding five previous years.

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The ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 crisis continues to impact on UK civil litigation hearings with a recent High Court decision meaning that the largest ever class action claim can proceed remotely. Whilst such remote hearings may be seen as a means to an end during the current lockdown conditions, once such hearings become the ‘new normal’, the impact on how civil litigation claims are conducted is likely to be huge.

In addition to the dreadful effects on global human health and wellbeing, the ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 crisis is also having a seismic economic impact on businesses and organisations operating in all sectors and in all countries. As a by-product of this economic upheaval, commercial and civil lawyers are predicting an tsunami of legal actions in all jurisdictions as businesses’ and individuals turn to the courts for compensation resulting from Covid-19 related illness, death and economic disruption.

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A survey conducted by the Nesta Challenges, as part of its Legal Access Challenge, has highlighted concerns amongst many UK businesses that the ability to take effective legal action for commercial & business disputes is far too focussed on big business or those with significant financial resources.

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As well as dominating the recent UK news agenda, it would seem that the new life that the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk are planning is already facing a potential legal battle over the ownership of their ‘Sussex Royal’ trademark.

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Before the Event Insurance – commonly shortened to “BTE”- is an insurance policy that is purchased by a business or individual that is designed to cover legal costs in the event of them needing to make a claim or should a claim be made against them. Whilst you can purchase BTE insurance as a ‘standalone’ policy, it is more commonly included with a range of business or personal insurance products. As with most types of insurance, the cover that a BTE policy provides can vary and is vital that the policy cover, and its limitations, are fully understood before buying a policy.

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A recent costs hearing at the High Court in London has revealed the extent of the legal costs already accumulated in the high-profile Bates v Post Office litigation action. The class action claim, backed by litigation funders Therium Capital, involves over 500 former subpostmasters and mistresses who are claiming that the Post Office, following the implementation of a new IT system called ‘Horizon’, incorrectly blamed them for apparent shortfalls in branch accounts.

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Multiple European champions and current Premier League frontrunners Liverpool FC have emerged victorious in a recent contract dispute and are now free to use global sportswear giant Nike as their new supplier of official team kit.

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Despite facing criticism from the legal profession since they were updated in the Damages-Based Agreements Regulations in 2013, forthcoming updates to Damages Based Agreements (‘DBA’) are set to make this model of funding for civil litigation claims far more attractive.

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It’s an unfortunate fact of business life that at some point, you may need to take formal legal action to recover monies owed to you or your business. There are two main approaches to collecting such debts; direct legal action through the courts, or appointing an external debt collection agency.

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In one of the more blatant – and frankly comical - examples of infringing a brands copyright and intellectual property rights, a garage in Brazil has recently been raided and closed down by police after it was found to be producing replicas of well-known supercars from manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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S&G (Slater & Gordon) solicitors has confirmed that it will be proceeding with its legal action against Watchstone PLC over claims that its acquisition of legal services business Quindell was based on fraudulent misrepresentation, together with breach of warranties provided as part of the deal.

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Formula One, the world’s premier motorsport championship looks likely to be plunged into a legal battle soon after a prospective buyer of the Force India F1 team considers suing administrators over “serious concerns about the conduct of the bid process.”

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  • Whilst Covid-19 may have forced many parts of society to slow down and re-think our approach to all aspects of our lives, recent comments by a number of High Court judges would seem to indicate that this is certainly not happening in civil and commercial litigation. The 3 judges have expressed their disquiet over the ever increasing pervasiveness of hostile and antagonistic approaches to litigation where every point, good or bad, is taken. In the case of Navigator Equities Ltd & Ors v Deripaska from July this year, Mr Justice Andrew Baker said that, in the 30 years in which he had worked in commercial dispute resolution: There has been a significant general increase in hostility and aggressiveness in the conduct of disputes…the taking of any and every point, good or bad, and other failures to display proper independence from the litigating... Read More

  • The UK’s largest ever group action litigation action, ostensibly valued at almost £5bn, has been thrown out by the High Court in London with the case having been found to be an abuse of process. The case, Municipio De Mariana & Ors v BHP Group Plc & Anor, involved tens of thousands of Brazilian claimants followed the collapse of the Fundao dam in south eastern Brazil in 2015. The collapse killed 19 people and the subsequent flood wiped out many settlements and villages in its path.High Court judge Mr Justice Turner agreed with the defendants in the case after finding that the court could not handle such a disparate and unmanageable case involving so many claimants. The case was brought by PGMBM, a trading name of Excello Law Limited, on behalf of over 202,000 individual, corporate and institutional claimants against two... Read More

  • A recent ruling by the High Court in London will mean that unsuccessful claimants in the well-publicised Municipio De Mariana & Ors v BHP Group PLC & Anor group action claim will need to make an interim payment of £8m to cover 50% of their opponents legal costs. In making the ruling, High Court judge Mr Justice Turner said that it was wrong to penalise the defendants for the work done on the case. Justice Turner had already struck out group litigation on behalf of some 202,600 Brazilians last November who were claiming compensation following the collapse of the Fundao dam in Brazil in 2015, saying the task of managing such a case would be ‘irredeemably unmanageable’ if it was allowed to proceed. Read More