Miscellaneous

Court of Appeal clarifies guidance on “serious harm” requirement under Defamation Act 2013

In an important decision for the law of defamation, the Court of Appeal has clarified the meaning and effect of the requirement to show “serious harm” under the Defamation Act 2013: Lachaux v Independent Print & Ors [2017] EWCA Civ … Continue reading

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Privacy at work: Limits on employers’ ability to monitor private communications

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) ruling in Barbulescu v Romania (61496/08) is a timely reminder of the limits of employers’ ability to monitor their employees’ private activity on work IT systems. Although the decision … Continue reading

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Recast European Insolvency Regulation introduces new jurisdiction rules for insolvency-related claims

As a result of the Recast European Insolvency Regulation (“REIR”), which applies to insolvency proceedings commenced since 26 June this year, insolvency practitioners in EU Member States have been given more freedom to commence insolvency-related claims in jurisdictions other than … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms no tortious duty of care owed to customers in connection with the FCA past business review

A recent Court of Appeal decision has clarified that financial institutions do not owe duties of care in tort in connection with their conduct of the past business review of interest rate hedging product sales announced by the FCA (then FSA) … Continue reading

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Global Pound Conference series – new online voting system now open

The Global Pound Conference (GPC) series concluded on 6 July, with the final conference held at the Guildhall in London. This landmark project (of which Herbert Smith Freehills is the lead sponsor)  has seen more than 3,000 corporate and disputes professionals come … Continue reading

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CJEU limits situations in which insolvency laws relating to transaction avoidance may override Parties’ contractual choice of law

In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed the extent to which an English law governed contract can be subject to the transaction avoidance provisions of the insolvency law of other another member state … Continue reading

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Managing risk: a disputes perspective (2017)

Herbert Smith Freehills recently held its annual disputes client conference exploring some key legal and compliance risks facing major corporates. The event was attended by close to 100 clients. After opening remarks by Mark Shillito, head of dispute resolution for … Continue reading

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Subject access request may be used to obtain information for purposes of litigation

The Court of Appeal has recently ordered an English law firm which acted for trusts governed by Bahamian law to comply with a subject access request made by certain trust beneficiaries under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998: Dawson-Damer … Continue reading

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High Court finds tweets caused “serious harm” for purposes of claim in defamation

On 10 March 2017, the High Court held that two tweets written by Katie Hopkins (a well-known columnist for The Sun with 570,000 Twitter followers at the time) caused real and substantial distress to Jack Monroe (a food blogger and … Continue reading

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Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes Annual Review 2016 published

Our Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes team has today published its Annual Review of 2016, which provides an overview and analysis of the key cases and developments affecting those engaged in or with contentious matters in the insurance and reinsurance market. If … Continue reading

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