Jurisdiction

Brexit, deal or no deal: a litigator’s perspective

Over the past couple of weeks, the government has published the final text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement setting out the arrangements for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 and the draft Political Declaration on the future relationship between the … Continue reading

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CJEU finds abuse of dominance claims may come within jurisdiction clause

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that a jurisdiction clause could apply to claims alleging abuse of a dominant position, contrary to article 102 TFEU, even if the clause did not expressly refer to claims based on competition … Continue reading

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High Court finds SFO can compel production of documents held by foreign company outside the jurisdiction

In a recent decision in the context of a judicial review, the High Court held that the SFO was able to compel a foreign company to produce documents located outside the jurisdiction, pursuant to s.2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act … Continue reading

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Applying the Hague Choice of Court Convention post-Brexit

The government has set out how it plans, in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, to ensure that the UK will continue to apply the Hague Choice of Court Convention, which currently applies to the UK by virtue of its … Continue reading

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High Court finds exclusive jurisdiction provisions in recast Brussels Regulation only apply to EU Domiciled defendants

The High Court has held that article 24(5) of the recast Brussels Regulation, which gives exclusive jurisdiction to the court where a judgment is to be enforced, does not apply where a defendant is domiciled outside of the EU: Integral … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal holds no permission required to serve committal application on director out of the jurisdiction, where the court had jurisdiction to make the original order against him

The Court of Appeal has held that, where a court had jurisdiction to make an order for examination of a company director based on his presence in the jurisdiction, permission to serve out of the jurisdiction was not required for … Continue reading

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Brexit “no deal” notice on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments

As part of its second batch of “no deal” technical notices, the government has today published a guidance notice entitled: Handling civil legal cases that involve EU countries if there’s no Brexit deal. The notice contains little that was not … Continue reading

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Article published – Choosing a jurisdiction clause with Brexit on the horizon

With the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, it can be difficult to know what dispute resolution clause to choose to govern commercial contracts that will continue in force once the UK leaves the EU next March, particularly where it may be necessary … Continue reading

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New podcast – English governing law and jurisdiction clauses after Brexit

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, Anna Pertoldi, Maura McIntosh and Tom Henderson discuss what businesses need to know about the impact of Brexit on their continued use of English governing law clauses and English jurisdiction clauses in their … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds ISDA jurisdiction clause trumps ‘theoretically competing’ clause in separate agreement governing wider relationship

Consistent with recent authority, the Court of Appeal has given primacy to an English jurisdiction clause in an ISDA Master Agreement (overturning the first instance decision that had declined to do so), in circumstances where there was a “theoretically competing” … Continue reading

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