Court of Appeal holds SPA earn-out unenforceable as an agreement to agree

The Court of Appeal has rejected a seller’s claim that he was entitled under a sale and purchase agreement (“SPA”) to provide consultancy services to the target company for a further period after an initial four year earn-out. Applying settled principles, the court held that an agreement to provide consultancy services for “such further period … Read more

High Court finds entire agreement clause did not exclude liability for misrepresentation

The High Court has held that an entire agreement clause in a commercial contract did not exclude liability for misrepresentation under section 2(1) of the Misrepresentation Act 1967: Al-Hawasi v Nottingham Forest Football Club [2018] EWHC 2884 (Ch). The court overturned the master’s decision to the contrary, considered here. The decision re-emphasises the generally accepted … Read more

CJEU finds abuse of dominance claims may come within jurisdiction clause

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that a jurisdiction clause could apply to claims alleging abuse of a dominant position, contrary to article 102 TFEU, even if the clause did not expressly refer to claims based on competition law: Apple Sales International and others v MJA acting as liquidator of eBizcuss.com, Case C-595/17. … Read more

New Brexit podcasts looking at the impact on contracts and contract termination

In the latest update to the Brexit series on our Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, Paul Butcher, Julie Farley, Maura McIntosh and Tom Henderson discuss what businesses need to know about the impact of Brexit on their English law governed existing and future contracts. We have released two new podcasts: ‘The Impact on Existing and … Read more

Directors held liable for inducing breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy where they placed company into liquidation to avoid outstanding debt

The Technology and Construction Court has upheld economic tort claims against two directors of a limited liability company who placed the company into liquidation in order to avoid the company having to pay its outstanding debts to a building contractor. The building contractor succeeded in establishing that one of the directors had induced the company … Read more

Court of Appeal finds clause limiting liability for negligence was reasonable

The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a High Court decision that a term limiting a defendant’s liability for negligence in the supply of a fire suppression system had been properly incorporated into the contract and that it met the test of reasonableness under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (“UCTA”): Goodlife Foods Ltd v … Read more