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

Article published – Preparing witness evidence: significant changes proposed for Business and Property Courts

Proposals for a new Practice Direction and Appendix governing the preparation of witness statements for trials in the Business and Property Courts have been prepared by the Witness Evidence Working Group and published to attendees of the recent Commercial Court 125 virtual seminar. The proposals include a new authoritative statement of best practice, as well … Read more

Article published – Class action test cases: selection and strategy

In the High Court’s recent decision in Lancaster and others v Peacock QC [2020] EWHC 1231 (Ch), the court has taken the rare step of commenting on how test cases should be selected in group litigation. Alan Watts and Maura McIntosh have published an article in PLC Magazine which considers the decision and its implications for class action … Read more

The Law of Solicitors’ Liabilities, Fourth Edition published

The Law of Solicitors’ Liabilities, Fourth Edition, previously known as Solicitors’ Negligence and Liability, has recently been released. The publication was written by leading practitioners in the field Tom Leech QC of Herbert Smith Freehills and William Flenley QC of Hailsham Chambers with contributions from Thomas Grant QC (Maitland Chambers), Nicola Rushton QC (Hailsham Chambers), Alice … Read more

New series of webcasts on the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

The new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, which came into effect on 26 June 2020, could have a significant impact on companies in distress and their creditors, particularly landlords, suppliers, financial services providers and pension schemes. Our Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency team have produced a series of short, informative and user-friendly webcasts focusing on … Read more

Article published – Wasted breath? Insolvency reforms in response to Covid-19

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 introduces sweeping insolvency reforms in response to the business impacts of Covid-19, designed “to give companies breathing space and keep trading while they explore options for rescue”. Our UK Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency team have published an article in International Corporate Rescue which considers the key elements of … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 3: General update

In this third episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at developments in disclosure and privilege since our February update, as well as some developments relating to costs and funding. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, who is joined by Maura McIntosh and Ajay Malhotra. Our podcast is available on … Read more