High Court draws adverse inferences from failure to call relevant witness, and finds default interest clause to be an unenforceable penalty

The High Court has rejected a claim for misrepresentation, finding that although a fraudulent misrepresentation had been made, it had not induced the claimant to enter into the transaction: Ahuja Investments Ltd v Victorygame Ltd [2021] EWHC 2382 (Ch). The court’s finding as to (lack of) inducement was based in large part on the claimant’s … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills signs Greener Litigation Pledge

Herbert Smith Freehills has become a founding signatory of the Greener Litigation Pledge, an important industry-led initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of litigation. The Pledge is a commitment by law firms, barristers’ chambers and other organisations involved in dispute resolution in England and Wales. Signatories agree to take active steps to work toward … Read more

Our new legal privilege client tool

Herbert Smith Freehills has developed a new web-based app to help in-house counsel quickly navigate the complexities in determining which documents are likely to be privileged, or not. CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH THE TOOL The “English Law Legal Privilege” web app allows clients to quickly access the information they need both on their mobile phones … Read more

High Court finds acceleration clause is susceptible to rule on penalties, but declines to apply the rule as the amounts in question were payable in any event under a separate clause

In a recent judgment, the High Court held that a clause in a settlement agreement requiring immediate payment of all outstanding amounts in the event of a late payment (an acceleration clause) was capable of falling within the penalty doctrine, but an obligation to pay a daily sum accruing pro rata on any outstanding amounts … Read more

Government to introduce fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

On 6 September 2021, the government published its response to the 2019 consultation paper, Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases: Implementing Sir Rupert Jackson’s Proposals (considered here). The response notes that it has been delayed principally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the name suggests, a fixed recoverable costs (FRC) regime fixes the amount … Read more

High Court orders disclosure of lawyer’s attendance note alluded to in claimant’s witness statement

The High Court has ordered a claimant to disclose its lawyer’s attendance note (or notes) of discussions with one of the defendant’s employees, on the basis that the notes were “impliedly mentioned” in the claimant’s witness statement and the claimant had waived privilege: Scipharm SARL v Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 2079 (Comm). … Read more

High Court considers whether “Issues for Disclosure” under the Disclosure Pilot must be issues pleaded in the parties’ statements of case

In a recent decision the Technology and Construction Court has held that, in most cases, the Issues for Disclosure under Practice Direction 51U (the Disclosure Pilot) must be pleaded issues that have been crystallised in the statements of case. However, the court stressed that not all issues that appear in the statements of case will … Read more