Proposal for EU to join 2019 Hague Judgments Convention

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for the EU to accede to the 2019 Hague Judgments Convention, an international treaty which is aimed at facilitating the mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. In order for the EU to join the Convention, the Commission’s proposal will have to be adopted … Read more

European Commission recommends that EU reject UK bid to join Lugano Convention

The European Commission has today released its anticipated communication to the European Parliament and the Council confirming the Commission’s view that the EU should not consent to the UK’s application to accede to the Lugano Convention. If this position is reflected in the EU’s formal response to the UK’s application, the UK will not be … Read more

UK’s bid to join Lugano Convention: no decision yet

There is continuing uncertainty over the question of whether the UK will be able to join the 2007 Lugano Convention, which governs questions of jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments between the EU and Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Together with the recast Brussels Regulation, which governs such questions as between EU Member States, … 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

Disputes after the end of the Brexit transition period: where are we now?

With the end of the Brexit transition period rapidly approaching, we are still waiting to see whether the UK and the EU can reach an agreement on their future relationship from 1 January 2021. In fact, whether or not an agreement is reached has no direct impact on commercial dispute resolution. But the hope is … Read more

Proposed insolvency reforms: Impact on supply chains and their customers

As previously noted, the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, currently expected to be enacted in mid-June 2020, is likely significantly to impact many supplies of goods and services to companies that are or may be in financial distress. However, the effects are sufficiently far-reaching that they could impact the balance of rights in all … Read more