Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 14: General update

In this 14th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at the most recent decisions on trial witness statements, a decision on what parties can do when they have received a draft judgment under embargo, upcoming changes to the circumstances in which proceedings can be served on parties outside the jurisdiction … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 13: General update

In this 13th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we give an update on recent cases relating to force majeure in the context of US sanctions, trial witness statements, draft judgments provided under embargo, and privilege, as well as cases and developments concerning cryptocurrencies. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a … Read more

Article published – Draft judgments: navigating the embargo

Where the court is to hand down a reserved judgment, the usual practice is for the parties and their legal representatives to receive the judgment, on confidential terms, a couple of days beforehand – referred to as receiving the judgment under embargo. The consequences of breaching the embargo can be dramatic, not least because it … Read more

Supreme Court confirms UK government’s recognition of President of Venezuela, leaving Commercial Court to determine who is authorised to give instructions on behalf of Venezuelan Central Bank

Following an ongoing dispute between two competing Boards of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), both claiming to be appointed by the recognised President of Venezuela, the Supreme Court determined unanimously that: (a) Mr Guaidó is recognised by Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) as the constitutional interim President of Venezuela; and (b) Mr Maduro is not recognised … Read more

High Court agrees not to hand down judgment where settlement was reached after parties received draft judgment

In a recent decision, the High Court agreed not to hand down judgment where the parties had reached settlement following circulation of the draft judgment, and that settlement was conditional on the judge agreeing not to hand down judgment: Beriwala v Woodstone Properties (Birmingham) Ltd [2021] EWHC 609 (Ch). The decision helpfully summarises the court’s … Read more