Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 17: General update

In this 17th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we consider recent cases on waiver of privilege, developments relating to disclosure, judgments and enforcement, and two recent Court of Appeal decisions on limitation and settlement respectively. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a partner in our litigation team, who is joined … Read more

High Court finds iniquity exception to privilege applies

The High Court has held that documents obtained pursuant to a search order were not protected by privilege as the iniquity exception applied: Lakatamia Shipping Company Limited and other v Nobu Su and others [2022] EWHC 3115. Under that principle, privilege does not apply to protect communications made in furtherance of a crime, fraud or … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 16: General update

In this 16th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at a couple of recent decisions relating to privilege, two interesting Court of Appeal decisions on good faith and force majeure respectively, and finally we discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in the BTI v Sequana case, which clarifies when directors … Read more

No privilege for original version of document simply because comparison to final version would reveal legal advice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ordered a party to disclose the original version of a report following an internal investigation, where the report had subsequently been amended in accordance with legal advice and the final version disclosed: University of Dundee v Chakraborty [2022] EAT 150. The Tribunal rejected the submission that a non-privileged document could … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 15: General update

In this 15th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at some recent or upcoming developments relating to disclosure, jurisdiction and the new Chancery Guide, decisions relating to privilege and the application of the without prejudice rule, and the impact of the UK sanctions regime on proceedings in the English court involving … Read more

High Court refuses injunction to prevent use of privileged material disclosed in error, where it revealed potential serious breach of court guidance

The High Court has refused to grant an injunction to prevent a party using privileged material in a letter exhibited to an opponent’s witness statement filed in support of an interim application, where the material had been included in error but the error was not obvious to the recipient: Pickett v Balkind [2022] EWHC 2226 … Read more