Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – major insolvency reforms proposed

The Government on 20 May 2020 published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Bill has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies survive during a period of unprecedented interruption and turmoil. … Read more

Video published – Brexit: choosing a jurisdiction clause during the transition period

Anna Pertoldi has published a video for Practical Law in which she discusses the issues to consider when choosing a jurisdiction clause during the Brexit transition period. The video considers the advantages and disadvantages of exclusive, asymmetric and non-exclusive jurisdiction clauses during the transition period, as well as other possible clauses and the key points … Read more

UK applies to join Lugano Convention from end of Brexit implementation period

On 8 April 2020, the UK submitted its application to accede to the 2007 Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments, in accordance with the UK government’s previous statements of intention. Lugano currently applies as between the EU (including the UK, until the Brexit transition period comes to an end – … Read more

Video published – Brexit: jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments during and after the transition period

Anna Pertoldi has published a video for Practical Law in which she considers jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments during and after the Brexit transition period. The video discusses the current legal position and considers the practical implications for both jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments, as well as the practical implications of the agreements that might … Read more

Jurisdiction and enforcement after Brexit transition – latest developments re UK’s accession to Hague and Lugano Conventions

As noted in our previous blog post, where English legal proceedings are started before the Brexit transition period comes to an end, most likely on 31 December 2020, a judgment obtained pursuant to those proceedings will be readily enforceable in the EU under the recast Brussels Regulations. After that, the position depends, in part, on … Read more

Brexit under the Withdrawal Agreement: The implications for disputes

It now seems inevitable that the UK will leave the EU on 31 January 2020 at 11pm GMT under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the UK and the EU on 19 October 2019. In this post, we consider the implications for commercial litigation involving the English courts, both during the transition period … Read more

A no-deal Brexit: The implications for disputes

As we approach the deadline of 31 October, it is difficult to predict what will happen. But the prospect of a no-deal Brexit – either then or at some later date – remains a very real possibility. In this blog post we consider the implications of such an outcome for commercial litigation involving the English … Read more

46 countries sign the new Singapore Convention on mediated settlements

The Singapore Convention, more formally known as the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, was signed today in Singapore by 46 countries – a record number of first-day signatories for a UN trade convention. While not including the UK or any EU countries, the signatories do include the world’s two largest … Read more