High Court tests newly narrowed scope of the “reflective loss” rule in first decision since the Supreme Court’s judgment in Marex

In the first decision to consider the so-called “reflective loss” principle since the Supreme Court’s judgment in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020] UKSC 31 earlier this year, the High Court has emphasised the newly narrowed scope of the rule: Broadcasting Investment Group Ltd & Ors v Smith & Ors [2020] EWHC 2501 (Ch). As a reminder, the Supreme Court … Read more

Update on FCA’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case

A “consequentials hearing” in the FCA’s COVID-19 test case (The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)) took place on Friday 2 October 2020. The purpose of the hearing was to: determine the declarations to give effect to the findings of the Court as set out in its judgment dated 15 … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 4: General update

In this fourth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at a variety of cases and developments, including an update on the disclosure pilot and proposals in relation to witness statements. We also look at recent cases on privilege, witness evidence, access to court documents, claim notices and freezing injunctions. This … Read more

When events intervene: Force majeure, frustration and material adverse change

When events take a dramatic turn, parties may be left unable to perform their contractual obligations, or may find that their counterparty is unable or unwilling to perform. In such circumstances, a party may be able to rely on contractual provisions, such as a force majeure or material adverse change (MAC) clause, to suspend its … Read more

Commercial Court considers contractual estoppel, entire agreement clauses and declaratory relief in dispute relating to 1992 ISDA Master Agreement

The Commercial Court has granted declaratory relief concerning a bank’s rights under an interest rate hedging arrangement governed by the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement: BNP Paribas SA v Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani SPA [2020] EWHC 2436 (Comm). The decision is of particular interest for the court’s finding that it was appropriate to grant a declaration that certain non-reliance … Read more