Damages-based agreements (DBAs): promising proposals for reform

A proposed redrafted version of the regulations governing DBAs was presented yesterday at a conference at The Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn. The 2019 draft regulations have been prepared by Professor Rachael Mulheron and Nicholas Bacon QC, who were invited by the Ministry of Justice to conduct an independent review of the 2013 DBA Regulations in … Read more

Insurance issues in class actions – new webinar and “handy client guide”

Herbert Smith Freehills has today released the fourth in our series of webinars on class actions in England and Wales, looking at insurance issues in class actions. In the presentation Sarah McNally and Greig Anderson discuss how to maximise insurance recoveries when class action risk arises. Clients and contacts of the firm can register to access … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms “once privileged, always privileged” unless privileged is waived – even if there is no longer anyone who can assert the privilege

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the documents of a dissolved company remain privileged, regardless of whether there is anyone who can assert the company’s privilege: Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP [2019] EWCA Civ 1600. The decision establishes that, once a privileged communication comes into existence, that privilege is absolute and remains intact unless … Read more

Pre-contractual statements: When can they come back to bite you?

Parties may say all sorts of things when negotiating a contract. Where sophisticated commercial parties are involved, most pre-contractual statements will, no doubt, be both carefully considered and accurate. But as we all know, things can go wrong. Where a pre-contractual statement turns out to be false, the implications can be serious. The counterparty may have a right to unwind the … Read more

A no-deal Brexit: The implications for disputes

As we approach the deadline of 31 October, it is difficult to predict what will happen. But the prospect of a no-deal Brexit – either then or at some later date – remains a very real possibility. In this blog post we consider the implications of such an outcome for commercial litigation involving the English … Read more