High Court considers contractual construction of guarantees

The High Court has recently considered a number of questions of contractual construction in the context of guarantees: Barclays Bank plc v Price & Ors [2018] EWHC 2719 (Comm). Financial institutions should welcome the pragmatic and commercial approach adopted by the court to the question of whether a demand to claim under a guarantee was valid. In … Read more

Bi-Annual Banking Litigation Update April-October 2018

Welcome to our latest Banking Litigation Update in which we highlight a number of the most important cases and developments affecting UK financial institutions over the past 6 months. One of the most significant developments during this period is the Court of Appeal’s privilege decision in SFO v ENRC. Financial institutions and their legal advisers alike … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms Morrisons vicariously liable for employee’s deliberate actions in first successful UK class action for data breach

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the High Court’s decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for its employee’s misuse of data, despite: (i) Morrisons having done as much as it reasonably could to prevent the misuse; and (ii) the employee’s intention being to cause reputational or financial damage to Morrisons itself: Wm Morrisons … Read more

High Court Strikes out claim alleging an implied overarching ‘customer agreement’ requiring the parties to “cooperate with each other and act in good faith”.

Standish & Ors v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc & Anor [2018] EWHC 1829 (Ch) will be of interest to financial institutions seeking to enforce rights or exercise powers under facility agreements. In particular, where counterparties allege the existence of implied duties which they allege restrict the exercise of express rights and powers in facility agreements, … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP edits and contributes chapters to Getting the Deal Through – Financial Services Litigation 2018

There has been a significant rate of global growth of litigation in the financial services sector following the 2008 global financial crisis. While the existence of financial services litigation is truly a global phenomenon, it has become apparent that the law and procedures in relation to such disputes have evolved in different ways across the … Read more

Court of Appeal decision in ENRC: orthodoxy restored on litigation privilege, but narrow interpretation of “client” remains for now

The Court of Appeal has today handed down its eagerly awaited decision in the ENRC appeal: The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006. At first instance, the High Court took a restrictive approach to both litigation privilege and legal advice privilege (see our summary of the decision here). … Read more

Commercial Court finds that ‘negative’ interest is not payable on cash collateral posted in accordance with the standard form ISDA Credit Support Annex

The question of whether ‘negative interest’ will be payable by a transferor of cash collateral in the context of a standard form ISDA 1995 Credit Support Annex (Bilateral Form – Transfer) (“CSA“) has been considered by the Commercial Court in The State of the Netherlands v Deutsche Bank AG [2018] EWHC 1935 (Comm). The court found that … Read more