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

Court of Appeal finds asymmetric clauses are exclusive jurisdiction clauses for purposes of recast Brussels Regulation and considers nature of such clauses under Hague Convention 2005

The Court of Appeal has held that an asymmetric jurisdiction clause is an exclusive jurisdiction clause for the purposes of the recast Brussels Regulation. The English court was therefore entitled to continue with its proceedings where it was the chosen court but proceedings had been commenced earlier in Germany: Etihad Airways PJSC v Lucas Flother … 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