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

High Court considers where cryptocurrencies are located and compels disclosure of information by cryptocurrency exchanges outside the UK

On 22 December 2020, the High Court ruled on an ex parte interim application involving allegations of fraud in relation to a cryptocurrency initial coin offering (ICO). An ICO, similar to an initial public offering or IPO, is a fund-raising exercise but which seeks to raise finance through the creation of a cryptocurrency or cryptographic … 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