High Court finds buyer not entitled to reject off-spec oil

A recent High Court decision has given a helpful analysis of the consequences that follow from delivering off-specification oil: Galtrade Limited v BP Oil International Limited [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm). The underlying facts of the case come up quite often in practice, although reported decisions are less frequent. A seller delivered off-spec hydrocarbons (in this … Read more

Court of Appeal decision confirms severe consequences where business partner for exploitation of oil-extraction technology breached fiduciary duty

The Court of Appeal has substantially upheld the first instance decisions in a lengthy piece of ongoing litigation relating to a joint business venture for the exploitation of oil-extraction technology, illustrating the potentially severe consequences fiduciaries face where they put themselves in a position of a conflict of interests: Gray v Global Energy Horizons Corp … Read more

High Court tests newly narrowed scope of the “reflective loss” rule in first decision since the Supreme Court’s judgment in Marex

In the first decision to consider the so-called “reflective loss” principle since the Supreme Court’s judgment in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020] UKSC 31 earlier this year, the High Court has emphasised the newly narrowed scope of the rule: Broadcasting Investment Group Ltd & Ors v Smith & Ors [2020] EWHC 2501 (Ch). As a reminder, the Supreme Court … Read more