Class actions

Data breach class actions – new webinar and “handy client guide”

Herbert Smith Freehills has today released the second in our series of webinars on class actions in England and Wales, this time looking at data protection and privacy issues. In the presentation, Julian Copeman, Harry Edwards, Miriam Everett and Lucy McAlister … Continue reading

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Handy client guide to class actions in England and Wales

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a series of short guides to class actions in England and Wales. The first two editions, (i) Overview of class actions in the English courts and (ii) Group Litigation Orders (GLOs), have been published here. Future … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms Morrisons vicariously liable for employee’s deliberate actions in first successful UK class action for data breach

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed an appeal against the High Court’s decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for its employee’s misuse of data, despite: (i) Morrisons having done as much as it reasonably could to prevent the misuse; … Continue reading

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Article published – Class actions in England and Wales: key practical challenges

Damian Grave, Gregg Rowan and Maura McIntosh have published an article in PLC Magazine looking at how claims by large groups of claimants are litigated in England and Wales and considering some key practical challenges that can arise for both claimants … Continue reading

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New Podcast – Class actions in England and Wales: An increasing threat to corporates?

In this podcast, Damian Grave, Gregg Rowan and Maura McIntosh discuss the extent to which class actions in the English courts are becoming an increasing threat to corporates. They look at some factors driving growth, the areas in which we are … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills contributes England and Wales chapter of The Securities Litigation Review

Securities litigation presents an increasing threat to UK corporates, with the potential for both regulatory action and civil claims by investors seeking recovery of losses suffered as a result of investing in applicable securities. Karen Anderson and Harry Edwards have … Continue reading

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Article published on how in-house lawyers can tackle the increasing threat of class actions in the English courts

Class actions represent an increasing area of risk for UK corporates, with increasing numbers of high-profile and high-value group claims being brought, or threatened to be brought, in the English courts. The principal mechanism used to litigate these claims differs … Continue reading

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Holding company liability for acts of a subsidiary: Court of Appeal finds English court lacks jurisdiction on basis no duty of care owed

In the latest in a line of jurisdiction rulings in cases of so-called “class action tourism”, the Court of Appeal has held that the English court does not have jurisdiction to hear tortious claims against two companies in the Unilever … Continue reading

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Awarding costs in group litigation: Court of Appeal says “who receives the cheque” does not determine success

A recent Court of Appeal decision illustrates the court’s approach to awarding costs in the context of complex group litigation, and how it differs from the approach taken in ordinary commercial litigation: Sirketi v Kupeli [2018] EWCA Civ 1264. Under … Continue reading

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Our new book launched today: Class Actions in England and Wales

Herbert Smith Freehills is today launching a new textbook, Class Actions in England and Wales. Written by lawyers from the firm and published by Sweet & Maxwell, it aims to become an essential resource for those bringing or defending class … Continue reading

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