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  • Brit v Trenchless [2015] EWHC 2237 (Comm)
    Concerned a claim for a declaration that a contractors' general liability insurance policy has been validly avoided on the basis of non-disclosure and misrepresentation by the insured

  • Whitworths v Synergy  [2014] EWHC 4239 (Comm) (Cooke J)
    Anti-arbitration injunction

  • Chartwell Estate Agents Ltd v Fergies Properties SA [2014] EWHC 1567 (QB)
    Estate agents – commission claim – construction of agency agreement – compliance with Estate Agents Act 1979 and Estate Agents (Provision of Information) Regulations 1991

  • Bir Holdings Ltd et al v Balraj Mehta et al [2014] EWHC 3903 (Ch)
    Calculation of damages for admitted breach of warranty arising out of the sale of a nursing home business.

  • Chartwell Estate Agents Ltd v Fergies Properties SA [2014] EWHC 438 (QB)
    Relief from sanctions – late service of witness statements – relief given where default not trivial and no good reason for default

  • Hodges v Aegis Defence Services (BVI) Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1449
    construction of insuring provisions within contract of engagement following the death of the claimant's husband whilst providng security services in Iraq

  • Rohan & Ors v Daman Real Estate Capital Partners (DIFC Court of Appeal, 16 October 2014)
    re-opened appeal, late amendments, sale and purchase agreements, delay in completion, force majeure

  • Carewatch Care Services Ltd v Focus Caring Services Ltd & ors [2014] EWHC 2313 (Ch)
    franchise agreements - restrictive covenants and step-in provisions - guidance on the existence of an implied duty of good faith and competition law issues

  • Chartwell Estate Agents Ltd v Fergies Properties SA [2014] EWCA Civ 506 
    relief from sanctions - late service of witness statements - proper approach to Mitchell v News Group Newspapers

  • Durkin v DSG (trading as PC World) and HFC Bank [2014] UKSC 21
    obligations of creditors under the Consumer Credit Act 1974

  • AB v CD [2014] EWCA Civ 229
    interplay between limitation of damages clauses and the grant of injunctive relief

  • Rohan & Ors v Daman Real Estate Capital Partners (DIFC Court of Appeal, 11 February 2014)
    sale and purchase agreements, whether notices of force majeure effective to extend completion date

  • Rohan & ors v Daman Real Estate Capital Partners (DIFC Court of First Instance, 4 August 2013)
    sale and purchase agreements, delay in completion, whether notices effective to extend completion date, whether engineer's determinations of contractor's extension of time claims could be relied on by seller

  • Amlin Corporate Member Ltd & Ors v Oriental Assurance Company [2013] EWHC 2380 (Comm)
    reinsurance - construction of warranty against leaving port or adopting intended route where a typhoon or storm warning was in force - whether warranty broken

  • Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd [2013] All ER (D) 32 (Feb)
    Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against sentence for contempt of court for breach of freezing injunctions and sentencing; reduced to suspended sentence.

  • R (Quark Fishing Ltd) v Director of Fisheries of the Government of South Georgia (16 January 2013, Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands)
    commercial judicial review - challenge to the refusal to grant a commercial licence to fish for Patagonian toothfish - circumstances in which an obligation of consultation arises at common law

  • PSG Franchising v Lydia Darby Ltd [2012] EWHC 3707 (QB)
    franchise – interpretation – restrictive covenants 

  • Bembridge Marine v Allen & ors [2012] EWHC 2213 (TCC)
    sale of goods and limitation of liability clauses

  • Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd [2012] EWHC 2309 (QB)
    contempt of court for breach of freezing injunctions and sentencing 

  • Edenwest Ltd v CMS Cameron McKenna [2012] EWHC 1258 (Ch)
    solicitors advising the receivers of a company in administrative receivership owed no duty of care to the company in respect of that advice either in contract or tort

  • Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd [2012] All ER (D) 75 (Apr)
    contempt of court, freezing injunctions, civil fraud and breach of insurance binders

  • Inframatrix Investments v Dean Construction [2012] EWCA Civ 64, 140 Con LR 59, [2012] CILL 3145
    construction and effect of contractual 1 year limitation period

  • Thomas Brown Estates Ltd v Hunters Partners Ltd [2012] EWHC 21 (QB) and [2012] EWHC 30 (QB)
    construction of franchise agreements - declarations - costs

  • MSL Group Holdings Ltd v Clearwell International Ltd [2012] EWHC 3707 (Sir Raymond Jack QC)
    commercial case – division of $5m licence fee – oral contract – director's duties – alleged unlawful distribution of monies from company

  • Papa Johns v Doyley [2012] All ER (D) 182 (Feb)
    pizza delivery franchise - non-fraudulent misrepresentations – anti-reliance provisions - incorporation – interpretation – reasonableness – UCTA - contributory negligence

  • Papa Johns v Doyley [2011] EWHC 2621 (QB)
    pizza delivery franchise - fresh witness statements – relief from sanctions

  • Foxtons v O'Reardon [2011] EWHC 2946 (QB)

    Acted for the estate agent in a high value claim for estate agent's sales commission where a consumer sought to avoid payment of the commission in circumstances where the sale introduced by the agent had not completed.

  • Premier Waste Management Ltd v Towers [2012] BCC 72
    directors duties and fiduciaries (CA)

  • Jani-King v Manchett [2011] EWHC 1659 (QB)
    commercial cleaning franchise – escrow agreements and fraudulent misrepresentations

  • NYK Logistics (UK) Limited v Ibrend Estates BV [2011] EWCA Civ 683; [2011] 4 All ER 539; [2011] 2 P&CR 9; [2011] L&TR 30; [2011] 36 EG 94; [2011] 25 EG 104 (CS); [2011] NPC 61 
    break clause in commercial lease of warehouse - meaning of "vacant possession" - waiver

  • Khan v Malik [2011] EWHC 1319 (Ch)
    construction of an informal contract relating to personal loans used for the purchase and development of properties

  • Dhanani v Crasnianski [2011] EWHC 926 (Comm); [2011] 2 All ER (Comm) 799
    dispute concerning the potential creation of a private equity fund

  • Francotyp Postalia v Whitehead [2011] EWHC 367 (Ch)
    franchise – severability of unenforceable restrictive covenants 

  • Berryland Books v BK Books & ors [2010] All ER (D) 209 (Dec)
    torts of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty (CA)

  • D Roberts v Acumed Ltd EAT Appeal No. UKEAT/0466/09/DA 25 November 2010
    Whether dismissal was automatically unfair contrary to the terms of the statutory dismissal procedures -whether employer entitled to dismiss employee who did not agree to the change in the terms of remuneration

  • Premier Waste Management Ltd v Towers [2010] EWHC 2440 (Ch)
    directors' duties and fiduciaries

  • BT v Royal Mail Group Ltd [2010] EWHC 8 (QB)
    devolution of tort liabilities under statutory reorganisation

  • The Buncefield litigation (Commercial Court, Court of Appeal & TCC, 2008-2010)
    Explosion at tank farm - property damage - joint ventures - contract - indemnities - economic losses - recovery of pure economic loss in tort - negligence - public nuisance - private nuisance - product liability - £1bn claim

  • Kulkarni v Manor Credit [2010] EWCA Civ 69
    sale of goods

  • Royal Bank of Scotland v Chandra [2010] EWHC 105 (Ch); [2010] 1 Lloyd's Rep 677
    duties owed by bank to sureties of customer's liabilities under building contract

  • Macsalvors Plant Hire Ltd v Brush Transformers Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1329; [2010] CILL 2809; [2010] TCLR 2; Ward, Smith and Rimer LJJ
    Counsel for a plant owner in a claim against a hirer testing the meaning and extent of Clauses 8 and 13 of the CPA conditions in relation to injuries to the plant driver caused by the driver’s and the owner's breach of duty

  • Three Valleys Water PLC v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority [2009] EWHC 3109 (TCC) Edwards-Stuart J
    respective responsibilities of water companies and fire authorities for the repair and maintenance of fire hydrants

  • Jani-King v Adeqabi & Driscoll [2009] EWHC 2795 (Comm)
    arbitration act, section 68

  • Berryland Books v BK Books & ors [2009] EWHC 1877 (Ch), [2009] 2 BCLC 709
    directors' duties, civil fraud, publishing and copyright, accessory liability

  • Markel & QBE v SGC & ors [2009] Lloyd's Rep IR 77 (also [2008] EWHC 3087 (Comm) & [2009] EWCA Civ 790)
    surety bonds, insurance binders, civil fraud & directors' duties

  • Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd [2009] EWHC 1681 (Ch), Mann J
    test case brought by the OFT in which the OFT sought injunctions and declarations pursuant to the Unfair Contract Terms Directive and the 1999 Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations - provides some of the only recent guidance as to fairness of contractual terms in a practical setting

  • Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 288; [2010] 1 WLR 663; [2009] 3 All ER 697
    scope of power to seek injunction conferred by EU Council Directive 93/13/EEC on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

  • ChipsAway International Ltd v Kerr [2009] EWCA Civ 320
    franchise - non-compete and non-solicitation restrictive covenants - injunctions

  • RBS Invoice Finance Ltd v Karia [2008] All ER (D) 131 (May)
    civil fraud, freezing injunctions and factoring

  • Foxtons v Bicknell [2008] EWCA Civ 419; [2008] 2 EGLR 23
    criteria for establishing estate agent's entitlement to commission

  • Crowson Ltd v Concept Ltd [2008] FSR 17
    civil fraud, directors' duties, confidential information, database rights

  • Neil Martin Ltd v HMRC [2007] EWCA Civ 1041
    no action lies for breach of statutory duty in relation to the processing and issuing of Construction Industry Tax deduction certificates and the Revenue owe no duty of care at common law in respect of administrative mistakes made in carrying out tasks pursuant to those statutory functions in the absence of some separate and additional assumption of responsibility by an official

  • Jani-King (GB) Ltd v Pula Enterprises & ors [2007] EWHC 2433 (QB); [2008] 1 All ER (Comm) 451
    franchise - legal effect of certain common clauses

  • Schmid v Fortmann [2007] All ER (D) 107 (Oct)
    civil fraud and resulting trusts

  • Bunney v Burns Anderson Plc [2007] EWHC 1240 (Ch); [2007] 4 All ER 246
    powers of Financial Ombudsman Service

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Company & Others v H Clarkson Ltd & Others [2007] EWHC 1267 (Comm)
    directors' fiduciary duties, misrepresentation and mistake

  • Jani-King v Prodger [2007] EWHC 712 (QB) Mackay J
    disclosure - unless orders

  • Hart v Larchpark & Fidler [2006] EWHC 2857 (TCC); [2007] BLR 30; [2007] TCLR 1; 109 Con LR 67; [2006] CILL 2397
    adjudicator's jurisdiction under the 1996 Act (written contracts and time limits), stays under the insolvency rules and default judgments

  • Foster Bryant Surveying Ltd & Anr v Bryant & Ors [2006] EWHC 1232 (QB)
    action against former director for account of profits and damages arising from alleged breach of fiduciary duty in diverting business opportunity/damages for breach of shareholders' agreement - also claims for inducing breach of fiduciary duty

  • Rhodia International Holdings v Huntsman International LLC [2007] 2 Lloyd's Rep 325
    meaning and application of the term 'reasonable endeavours' in the context of a sale and purchase agreement

  • SCI Azure Estates Ltd v Mullen [2007] EWHC 263 (QB)
    contractual formation, intention to create legal relations and retrospective application of agreement

  • Volkswagen Financial Services v George Ramage LTL 5/6/07
    claim under a hire-purchase agreement

  • Sandhu v Van de Rijk Transport [2007] IRLR 519 (CA)
    whether termination of employment amounted to dismissal or resignation

  • My Fotostop (In Administration) v Fotostop Group  [2007] FSR 17
    claim for damages for breach of asset sale agreement - trade marks

  • Vibixa Ltd v Komori UK Ltd & ors [2006] EWCA Civ 536; [2006] 1 WLR 2472
    no claim for breach of statutory duty (in respect of property damage and economic losses) for non-compliance with regulations implementing the Machinery Directive 89/392 EEC

  • Snookes/Little v Jani-King [2006] EWHC 289 (QB); [2006] I L Pr 19, Silber J
    EC Regulation - domestic jurisdiction clause

  • Burton v Mellham [2006] UKHL 6 and also [2003] EWCA Civ 173; [2003] STC 441; [2003] BTC 336
    advance CorporationTax and availability and scope of equitable set off

  • Lynch Hall & Hornby v Thakerar [2005] EWHC 2752 (Ch); [2006] 1 WLR 1513
    application of the doctrine of judge in fact

  • Foxtons v Thesleff & Thesleff [2005] EWCA Civ 514, May, Rix & Jacob LJJ, Times LR 17 May 2005
    claim for commission due on a sale in which contracts had been exchanged but where the transaction was not completed - CA held that the recorder had misdirected himself in finding at first instance that The Estate Agents (Provision of Information) Regulations 1991 required a "purchaser" to be a person who completes a transaction - notwithstanding the position at common law, estate agents are free to agree that their fees will be payable on an event other than completion

  • Rosenfeld v Ransley [2004] EWHC 2962 (Ch D)
    covenants and guarantees

  • Omnibridge Consulting Ltd v Clearsprings (Management) Ltd [2004] EWHC (Comm) 2276; [2004] ArbLR 48
    challenge and cross-challenge seeking setting aside of arbitrator's award for breach of arbitrator's general duties under s 33 of the Arbitration Act 1996

  • Trac Time Controls v Rowan Plastic Mouldings [2005] All ER (D) 06 (Jan)
    4 week £4m sale of goods case concerning the supply of defective polycarbonate

  • Item Software v Fassihi and others [2003] 2 B.C.L.C. 1 (Ch Div) & [2005] 2 B.C.L.C. 91 (CA)
    directors' duties, confidential information, theft of database

  • Leche Pascual SA v Collin & Hobson Plc [2004] EWCA Civ 700
    trans-national supply agreement - measure of damages

  • Jass v Blackburn [2003] EWHC 2963 (Ch)
    recovery of costs after a discontinuance where the successful party had arguably provided misleading information

  • Archer Structures Ltd v Griffiths  [2003] EWHC 957 (Ch); (2004) BCC 156; (2004) 1 BCLC 201
    s.216 Insolvency Act 1986

  • Patel v Singh [2002] All ER (D) 227 (Dec); [2003] 2 CPLR 192
    second tier appeal to Court of Appeal concerning circumstances in which leave to issue a writ of execution will be given more than 6 years after judgment

  • Albright & Wilson v Biachem [2002] UKHL 37, [2002] 2 All ER (Comm) 753
    sale of chemicals, explosion

  • Premier Profiles Ltd v Tioxide Europe Ltd and Kronos Inc [2002] 10 BLR 467
    product liability - confiential information - trade secrets

  • Greene King plc v Stanley & Others [2002] BPIR 491
    claim to enforce charge against sureties - sureties unsuccessfully defending claim in CA on grounds that they were released from charge by reason of implementation of IVA by principal debtor - sureties successfully defending claim on grounds of undue influence and misrepresentation - first case in CA to consider HL decision in Etridge v Royal Bank of Scotland plc (No 2)

  • Bunn & Anr v Rees & Anr [2002] All ER (D) 81 (Apr)
    claim to enforce share sale agreement

  • Re Cooling Equipment Wholesale Ltd [2002] 2 B.C.L.C. 745
    compulsory winding up petition and sale of goods

  • BCCI v Ali and ors (No 2) [2002] EWCA Civ 82; [2002] 3 All ER 750 (CA)
    proof of causation of damage - loss of a chance - employment contracts - stigma

  • Watson v First Choice Holidays [2001] 2 Lloyd's Rep 339 CA/ECJ
    Brussels Convention - Art.6

  • F&I Services v Customs & Excise Commrs [2001] STC 939 CA
    advance clearance by tax authority and change of position

  • ICM Computer Solutions plc v Black Horse Finance Ltd CA, 24.11.2000
    sale of goods - fraud - risk

  • Russell v Fulling and Page (The Times, June 23, 1999)
    guarantee held to be unenforceable for illegality, being a guarantee in relation to an unlawful sales promotion lottery

  • Customs & Excise Commrs v British Telecommunications Plc [1999] 1 WLR 1376
    VAT - composite supply - whether standard rated

  • Satnam Investments Ltd v Dunlop Heywood & Others [1999] 3 All ER 631 CA
    allegations of fraudulent misuse of confidential information in connection with commercial development opportunity - valuation of lost net development value - constructive trusts

  • Trustees of Nell Gwynn House Maintenance Fund v Customs & Excise Commrs [1999] 1 WLR 174 HL
    VAT treatment of service charges

  • Customs & Excise Commrs v The Chinese Channel (Hong Kong) Ltd [1998] STC 347
    satellite broadcasting - place of supply under Art 9 EC Directive 77/388 - Broadcasting Act 1990

  • In Re Corfe Joinery [1998] 2 BCLC 75
    insolvency - voidable preferences

  • Jones v Gospel [1998] EGCS 108 (Court of Appeal)
    property rights

  • Circuit Systems Ltd (in liq) v Zuken-Redac (UK) Ltd [1997] 1 WLR 721 CA
    software supply contract - effect of assignment of cause of action to principal shareholder

  • In Re Hayward Deceased [1997] Ch 45
    powers of trustee in bankruptcy in respect of real property situate outside the jurisdiction

  • Feehan v Customs & Excsie Commrs [1995] 1 CMLR 193
    precedent and EC law

  • In re Lonrho Plc (No 2) [1990] Ch 695
    statutory restriction on share dealing


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