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


The Court of Appeal has recently handed down an important judgment considering the so-called Quincecare duty of care: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v The Federal Republic of Nigeria [2019] EWCA Civ 1641. The Quincecare duty arises in the context of a deposit holding financial institution receiving and processing a payment mandate in relation to a … Read more

High Court finds terms of English law Facility Agreement allowed borrower to withhold interest payments given risk of US “secondary” sanctions

In a recent decision, the High Court has found that the terms of a Facility Agreement governed by English law allowed the borrower to withhold payment of interest instalments where there was a risk of secondary sanctions being imposed on the borrower under US law, notwithstanding that the Facility Agreement had no connection with the … Read more

High Court finds in favour of Lehman administrator in respect of US $7 million trade error and implies term into otherwise “unworkable” debt security trade agreement

A recent High Court decision has found that it was necessary to imply a term into an otherwise unworkable debt security trade agreement: Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v Exotix Partners LLP [2019] EWHC 2380 (Ch). The approach of the court towards implying terms into a contract is highly restrictive (see our litigation blog … Read more