Recent High Court decision casts doubt on whether EU27 courts will be able to defer to English court pursuant to exclusive jurisdiction clauses in some circumstances if “no-deal” Brexit

    The post below was first published on our Litigation blog The High Court has held that there is no power under the recast Brussels Regulation to stay English proceedings against an English domiciled defendant in favour of proceedings in a non-EU court commenced pursuant to an exclusive jurisdiction agreement in favour of that court, unless … Read more

    Upcoming Webinar: The Hague Choice of Court Convention 2005 and the Hague Judgments Convention 2019: When and how will they apply?

    On Tuesday 23 July 2019 (1-2pm BST), Anna Pertoldi and Jan O’Neill will deliver the latest in our series of webinars for Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts spotlighting legal and practical issues relevant to litigating cross-border disputes. This webinar  will focus mainly on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005 which applies … Read more


    Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again, that “the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation”. In … Read more

    AVMS Directive: To implement or not to implement? That is the question

    The post below was first published on our Digital TMT and Sourcing blog There is no doubt that the likelihood of a “no-deal” Brexit continues to grow. Against this backdrop, the UK Government has issued a Consultation Document setting out its proposed approach to implementing legislative amendments to the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (“AVMSD“) … Read more

    Webinar available – Brexit after the European Parliament elections

    In today’s webinar, Tom Henderson, Senior Associate and member of our core Brexit team, was joined by Oliver Lewis, Director at Hanbury Strategy, to reflect on the outcome of the European Parliament elections in the UK and the Prime Minister’s announcement last week that she will resign as a party leader and Prime Minister. As one of … Read more

    Judicial speeches on litigating financial disputes and Brexit

    The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published two speeches on litigating financial disputes by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, and Sir Nicholas Hamblen, Lord Justice of Appeal. In his speech, Sir Geoffrey discusses the effect of Brexit on financial services disputes in London which he considers will not be as dramatic as … Read more

    Upcoming webinar: Brexit after the European Parliament elections

    At the time of sending this invitation, cross-party talks between the Conservatives and Labour remain in a deadlock with no sign of agreement being reached in time for ratification of a withdrawal deal before the forthcoming European Parliament elections. With this in mind, UK voters are going to be asked to cast votes for new … Read more