High Court takes robust approach to personal guarantees: potential impact for accredited lenders under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes

The High Court has held that personal guarantees signed by the chairman and sole shareholder of a borrower company were enforceable, dismissing arguments that emailing scanned signature pages was insufficient to constitute “delivery”, or that the doctrine of promissory estoppel was engaged to prevent the lender from calling on the guarantees where certain alleged assurances … Read more

Commercial Court dismisses challenge to exercise of options in swap confirmations incorporating 2000 ISDA Definitions

The Commercial Court has dismissed a challenge to the exercise of options contained in five extendable interest rate swaps which incorporated the 2000 ISDA Definitions: Alfred Street Properties Ltd v National Asset Management Agency [2020] EWHC 397. The challenge was brought on the basis that notice was either not given by a contractually prescribed method … Read more

High Court finds no implied contractual duties in connection with past business review

Since 2015 there has been a series of judgments in which claimant customers have (ultimately unsuccessfully) sought to impose contractual and tortious duties on financial institutions relating to the institution’s conduct of the 2012 past business review into the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (the “PBR”). The latest decision from the High Court … Read more

Is coronavirus likely to be a valid basis for avoiding contractual obligations?

With the continuing rise in the number of cases of novel coronavirus worldwide, in addition to obvious implications of the outbreak for individuals, businesses are likely to be exposed to a heightened risk of legal implications arising across their supply chain. In this briefing, Natasha Johnson, Robert Moore and Yasmin Mitha consider the scope for parties to rely on coronavirus as … Read more

High Court upholds financial institution restructuring unit’s exercise of its powers under facility agreement following borrower default, finding there was no “relational contract” and rejecting claims for intimidation and economic duress

The High Court has dismissed the most recent claim to reach trial arising from the actions taken by a lending bank’s restructuring unit following a borrower’s default under a facility agreement during the global financial crisis. The court rejected all claims that the bank failed to discharge its duty to provide lending services with reasonable … Read more