Court of Appeal confirms jurisdiction to restrain foreign arbitration even where England is not the natural forum for the dispute

The Court of Appeal has partly upheld the injunction granted by the Commercial Court restraining the pursuit of arbitration proceedings seated in Lebanon: Sabbagh v Khoury and others [2019] EWCA Civ 1219. In doing so, it confirmed the power of English courts to restrain a foreign arbitration on grounds that the foreign arbitration is oppressive … Read more

High Court applies high threshold test to injunctions against public bodies

In a recent decision, the High Court rejected an application for an interim injunction restraining publication of a decision to impose sanctions on an accountancy firm. The court applied a high threshold test when considering the publication of the decision by a public body and concluded this case was not sufficiently “exceptional” to warrant an … Read more

Commercial Court clarifies scope of standard undertaking not to enforce worldwide freezing order abroad without court’s permission

The Commercial Court has recently considered the scope of the standard undertaking provided in connection with worldwide freezing orders, which requires the applicant to seek the court’s permission before seeking to enforce the order outside England and Wales, or seeking an order of a “similar nature”: Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov [2018] EWHC 887 … Read more

Notable increase in interim privacy injunctions sought and obtained in the second half of 2017

In March 2018, the Ministry of Justice published quarterly provisional civil justice statistics for England and Wales. These statistics include interesting details regarding the increase in court applications for privacy injunctions in 2017. The guidance to the Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly bulletin published in December 2017 notes that the statistics provided in respect of privacy … Read more

High Court prevents in-house lawyer acting against former employer due to risk of subconscious use of confidential information

The High Court has granted an injunction preventing an in-house lawyer from acting in proceedings adverse to her former employer: Western Avenue Properties Ltd v Soni [2017] EWHC 2650 (QB). The judge accepted that the defendant was well aware of her professional responsibility of continuing confidentiality and was unlikely to have any conscious intention to … Read more