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Employees & privilege: dominant purpose, waiver and iniquity

Two recent English decisions highlight the particular challenges when managing legal professional privilege in the context of resolving employee issues. We consider these decisions and how the principles may apply in Hong Kong and other common law jurisdictions in relation … Continue reading

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UK Supreme Court provides clear guidance on bank’s liability to undisclosed third parties for credit references

The UK Supreme Court (“UKSC“) has handed down its much anticipated judgment in NB Banca Nazionale del Lavoro SPA v Playboy Club [2018] UKSC 43, ruling that a bank owed no duty of care to undisclosed third parties who ultimately … Continue reading

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UK SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES LEGAL POSITION ON “NO ORAL MODIFICATION” CONTRACTUAL CLAUSES

Parties to commercial contracts often insert a “no oral modification” (or NOM) clause to prevent attempts to undermine written agreements by informal means. Such clauses are intended to prevent contracting parties being bound by subsequent variations unless the specified formalities … Continue reading

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Supreme Court decision clarifies basis for the award of Wrotham Park damages

We discussed aspects of “Wrotham Park damages” (also called “license fee damages” or “negotiating damages”) in Herbert Smith Freehills Hong Kong office’s recent Contract Disputes Seminar “Getting your just deserts: remedies for breach of contract”. To recap, in some cases … Continue reading

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“Dishonesty at its highest level and gravity” – when solicitors commit offences against client estates

This blog post will consider a number of recent cases in England where solicitors have been convicted of offences or struck off the register for misappropriating client funds from deceased estates. These shed light on the surprising levels of abuse … Continue reading

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English Court resolves dispute between parties as to who should hold the power to appoint trustees following settlor’s death

The English High Court has recently approved an application to change the provision of a trust deed relating to the appointment of new trustees.[1] The change was necessary because the original power was reserved exclusively for the settlor, who had … Continue reading

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Wills interpreted according to their ordinary and natural meaning despite this not reflecting testators’ intention

The English High Court has recently held that, in a case concerning construction of Wills, the ordinary and natural meaning of survivorship clauses should be given effect to.[1] This operated to mean that certain beneficiaries under the Wills of a … Continue reading

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UK: Deceased’s “husband” and daughter both unable to obtain letters of administration

The English High Court has recently refused to grant letters of administration to a deceased's daughter (the "Claimant") despite her having the highest entitlement to the deceased's estate.[1] The dispute involved a challenge by the alleged widower of the deceased … Continue reading

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Court finds father cannot alter his will to stop son inheriting the family farm

The English High Court has recently found that a father could not change his Will so as to prevent his son receiving sole ownership of a family farm. [1] The farm had been promised to the son over the course … Continue reading

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Failure to comply with freezing orders leads to prison

In JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank and Another v Pugachev, [2016] EWHC 248 & 258 Ch (sentence) and [2016] EWHC 192 (Ch) (liability), the English High Court sentenced Russian businessman Sergei Pugachev to two years in prison for contempt of court. … Continue reading

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