Court of Appeal decision shows “unambiguous impropriety” exception to without prejudice rule will be applied only in clear cases

The Court of Appeal has held that the narrow “unambiguous impropriety” exception to without prejudice privilege, which permits courts to admit evidence of settlement discussions where a party has abused the protection of the privilege, is to be applied only where there is clear evidence of impropriety: Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp Ltd … Read more

Brexit: key practical implications for disputes and dispute resolution clauses

Despite the UK and EU having finalised a Trade and Cooperation Agreement to govern their trading and security relationship following the end of the Brexit transition period, there remain a number of uncertainties when it comes to commercial dispute resolution in cases involving the UK and the EU. In this post we look at some … Read more

High Court confirms jurisdiction to order disclosure under Disclosure Pilot Scheme not confined to issues identifiable from statements of case

The High Court has confirmed that it has jurisdiction to order disclosure of specific documents under the Disclosure Pilot Scheme, even where the disclosure relates to issues which are not identifiable on the face of the statements of case and no List of Issues for Disclosure has been agreed by the parties: The Commissioners for … Read more

High Court refuses to strike out claim for relief under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 despite lack of connecting factors between the defendant and the jurisdiction

The High Court has dismissed a strike out application in respect of a claim brought under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (“IA 1986”) in respect of an alleged transaction defrauding creditors, holding that it is not necessary to prove a freestanding connection between the defendant and England, separate from the litigation itself, in … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms regulations governing Damages-Based Agreements (DBAs) do not preclude terms providing for payment of time costs on termination, nor do they preclude hybrid arrangements

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a Damages-Based Agreement, or DBA, can include a clause which entitles the legal representative to payment on a time cost basis if the DBA is terminated before the conclusion of the litigation: Zuberi v Lexlaw Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 16. DBAs, otherwise known as contingency fees, are a … Read more