Tort

Supreme Court finds contempt of court constitutes unlawful means for the tort of conspiracy

The Supreme Court has held that contempt of court can constitute unlawful means for the purpose of the tort of conspiracy: JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19. The decision is significant as it confirms that third parties may … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal considers when material posted on Facebook is published for the purposes of defamation

The Court of Appeal has rejected an argument that there is a need to “rebalance” the law of defamation in favour of defendants by imposing a knowledge or negligence based test to establish liability for publication, with the burden of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court holds English court has jurisdiction over tort claim where conspiracy hatched in England

The Supreme Court has held that the place of the event giving rise to damage in a claim alleging the tort of conspiracy to injure by unlawful means is where the conspiratorial agreement was made. As that was England, the … Continue reading

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PAG v RBS: Court of Appeal dismisses swaps mis-selling and libor manipulation claims

In its first substantive decision on allegations of LIBOR manipulation and interest rate hedging product mis-selling, the Court of Appeal has dismissed the claimant’s appeal with the result that all claims against the defendant bank have failed: Property Alliance Group … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms English Court lacks jurisdiction over claims against UK domiciled parent company in relation to acts of subsidiary abroad

The Court of Appeal has held that the English court does not have jurisdiction to hear claims against two companies in the Shell group (domiciled in the UK and Nigeria respectively) relating to alleged pollution in the Niger Delta in … Continue reading

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Supreme Court considers that there is no requirement of direct damage in England for permission to serve tort claim outside the jurisdiction at common law

The Supreme Court has found, by a majority and in obiter comments, that direct damage in the jurisdiction is not required to come within the tort jurisdictional gateway in the CPR, disagreeing with the Court of Appeal: Lady Christine Brownlie … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms no tortious duty of care owed to customers in connection with the FCA past business review

A recent Court of Appeal decision has clarified that financial institutions do not owe duties of care in tort in connection with their conduct of the past business review of interest rate hedging product sales¬†announced by the FCA (then FSA) … Continue reading

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High Court considers defamation and harassment in context of street protests and online publication by foreign defendants

The High Court recently considered the approach to interpreting a "course of conduct" under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the requirement of "serious harm" under the Defamation Act 2013: Hourani v Thomson and others [2017] EWHC 432 (QB). … Continue reading

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High Court finds tweets caused “serious harm” for purposes of claim in defamation

On 10 March 2017, the High Court held that two tweets written by Katie Hopkins (a well-known columnist for The Sun with 570,000 Twitter followers at the time) caused real and substantial distress to Jack Monroe (a food blogger and … Continue reading

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Supreme Court refuses to apply a special jurisdiction rule to the tort of inducing breach of a jurisdiction clause

The Supreme Court has refused to craft a special rule for the tort of inducing a breach of contract where the contractual term which has been breached is an exclusive jurisdiction clause. It held that, where proceedings were commenced in … Continue reading

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