High Court strikes out s.90A FSMA claims for failure to comply with pre-service joinder rules following expiration of arguable limitation period

The High Court has struck out certain of the claims brought against G4S under section 90A Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), in a judgment which emphasises the risks inherent in issuing complex group litigation shortly before the expiry of an arguable limitation period: Various Claimants v G4S plc [2021] EWHC 524 (Ch). The decision brings … Read more

Conflicting first instance decisions on whether default judgment can be granted where acknowledgement of service filed late

In a recent judgment, the High Court rejected an application for default judgment on the basis that the defendant’s acknowledgement of service, though late, had been filed shortly before the application: Cunico Resources NV v Daskalakis [2018] EWHC 3382 (Comm). The decision turned on the interpretation of CPR 12.3(1), which sets out the conditions to … Read more

Impact of stay on procedural deadlines

A recent High Court decision illustrates the need for parties to be clear as to the impact of a stay on procedural time limits in the action: UK Highways A55 Ltd v Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd [2012] EWHC 3505 (TCC). The decision suggests that, where an action has been stayed for a period of time, … Read more