46 countries sign the new Singapore Convention on mediated settlements

    The Singapore Convention, more formally known as the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, was signed today in Singapore by 46 countries – a record number of first-day signatories for a UN trade convention. While not including the UK or any EU countries, the signatories do include the world’s two largest … Read more

    Three separate class actions related appeals heading for the Supreme Court

    In a sign of the extent to which class actions have become part of the mainstream of English litigation, the Supreme Court has recently given permission to appeal in three cases brought by or on behalf of large groups of claimants in three completely different contexts. Most recent is the MasterCard litigation, in which the … Read more

    Supreme Court narrowly interprets exclusive jurisdiction provisions of Brussels regime relating to validity of corporate decisions

    The Supreme Court has held that the English courts did not have exclusive jurisdiction to hear certain claims brought by an English subsidiary company against Turkish domiciled defendants, including its parent company: Akcil v Koza Ltd [2019] UKSC 40. The judgment overturns the decision of the Court of Appeal and narrowly interprets article 24(2) of … Read more

    High Court finds England proper forum to hear claim against further party where claimant had no real choice over where to sue anchor defendants

    The High Court has held that England was the proper forum to determine a dispute against an additional defendant, so as to avoid multiple proceedings and the risk of irreconcilable judgments. The defendant was a necessary or proper party to the claims made against the anchor defendants and the claimant had no real choice where … Read more

    New president and justices of the Supreme Court announced

    It was announced yesterday that Lord Reed will succeed Lady Hale as President of the Supreme Court when she retires on 10 January 2020, having served as president since September 2017. Lord Reed is currently Deputy President, and therefore a new Deputy President will need to be appointed. Three additional appointments were also announced, to … Read more