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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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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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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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Supreme Court restates test for dishonesty in criminal proceedings

The Supreme Court has held that the correct test for dishonesty in criminal proceedings is whether or not the defendant’s conduct is dishonest by the objective standards of ordinary reasonable and honest people: Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court confirms that the situs of a debt due under a letter of credit is the location of the issuer

In a departure from previous authority, the Supreme Court has confirmed that the situs of a debt created by a letter of credit is the place of residence of the issuing bank: Taurus Petroleum Limited v State Oil Marketing Company … Continue reading

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Supreme Court considers extent to which an appellant’s relationship with a wealthy third party is relevant in considering whether a payment condition will stifle its appeal

A court may impose conditions when granting permission to appeal. These conditions may include a requirement that the appellant pay money into court before an appeal can proceed – most notably in the form of security for costs, or payment … Continue reading

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New president and justices of the Supreme Court and new Lord Chief Justice

As announced today, Lady Hale has been appointed the next (and first female) President of the Supreme Court, to replace Lord Neuberger as from 2 October 2017. Lady Hale is currently Deputy President, so that role will have to be filled when … Continue reading

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Supreme Court clarifies principles for determining when benefits enjoyed by a claimant following a breach of contract will be treated as collateral

The Supreme Court has ruled that the owners of a ship that was redelivered early in breach of a charterparty did not have to give credit for the benefit they obtained by selling the vessel for a higher price upon … Continue reading

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Supreme Court finds lender could not recover damages from negligent accountants where loss avoided by borrower’s repayment

The Supreme Court has held that the loss suffered by a lender due to its accountants’ breach of duty was extinguished when the loan was repaid by the borrower. It unanimously allowed an appeal against the majority judgment of the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court on contractual interpretation: striking a balance between the language used and the commercial implications

In a judgment handed down yesterday (29 March), the Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal relating to the construction of an indemnity clause: Wood (Respondent) v Capita Insurance Services Limited (Appellant) [2017] UKSC 24. The Supreme Court emphasised that it did … Continue reading

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