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Court of Appeal upholds Financial List decision on application of Rome Convention to derivative instruments

Published on 08 February 2017. By Charlotte Ducker, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

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The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision from the first trial heard within the new Financial List regarding the application of the Rome Convention to derivative instruments.

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High Court dismisses Libyan Investment Authority's claim against Goldman Sachs

Published on 17 November 2016. By Simon Hart, Partner and Sarah Shaul, Associate

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The High Court dismissed the Libyan Investment Authority's claim against Goldman Sachs based on two causes of action, undue influence and unconscionable bargains, in relation to a series of transactions which the parties entered into (the Disputed Trades) between September 2007 and April 2008, causing the LIA to lose billions.

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Acceptance or a counter-offer - what relevance are communications after the fact?

Published on 11 November 2016. By Christopher Whitehouse, Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

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In Caroline Gibbs v Lakeside Developments the High Court held that an email purporting to accept a settlement offer but attaching a consent order specifying a different payment date was not an acceptance but a counter-offer.

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Technology assisted review in English civil proceedings: the exception or the norm?

Published on 10 August 2016. By Daniel Wyatt, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

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Hot on the heels of its first endorsement of the use of predictive coding in the widely publicised Pyrrho decision in February 2016, the English court has recently given judgment ordering the use of predictive coding in circumstances where its use was opposed by one party.

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Court of Appeal considers effectiveness of "in writing" variation clause

Published on 04 August 2016. By Simon Hart, Partner

In this case, the Court of Appeal was asked to consider the correct contractual interpretation of a long-term supply agreement. In its judgment, the Court of Appeal indicated, obiter, that including an 'in-writing only' variation clause in a contract would not prevent subsequent variation of the contract orally or by conduct in certain circumstances.

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High Court allows claim against foreign subsidiary and English parent company to be heard in the UK

Published on 13 July 2016. By Chris Ross, Partner and Simon Hart, Partner

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The High Court has rejected applications by an English parent company and its Zambian subsidiary that claims brought against them in London should be dismissed in favour of proceedings taking place in Zambia.

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Don't gamble on a wager

Published on 13 April 2016. By Alan Williams, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

In WW Property Investments v Natwest one of many interest rate swaps claims that have been made since the global financial crisis, the High Court confirmed, in line with previous decisions, that interest rate hedging agreements are not wagers in law where at least one party entered into the contract for a genuine commercial purpose and not to speculate.

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The Recast Brussels Regulation – considering exclusions

Published on 21 March 2016. By Amelia Payne, Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

The High Court has recently considered jurisdictional issues relating to a claim concerning the claimants' entitlement to certain shares held by the deceased businessman, Sami Shamoon.

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A (bright) green light for predictive coding in English litigation

Published on 24 February 2016. By Daniel Wyatt, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

A recent interlocutory judgment in Pyrrho Investments Limited & Anr -v- MWB Property Limited & Ors [2016] EWHC 256 (Ch) endorses, for the first time, the use of predictive coding when conducting disclosure in English civil proceedings.

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