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Consumer Claims Agglomeration Legitimate – Landmark High Court Ruling

In a ground-breaking decision, the High Court has upheld the legitimacy of the growing number of companies that specialise in taking over legal claims by disgruntled consumers and pursuing them, en bloc, against alleged wrongdoers. The case concerned one such company that had taken assignment from a number of members of the public of their claims against an...

Bakery Boss Punished for Making Illegitimate Use of Rival’s Equipment

The law positively encourages business competition, but there are limits and judges are active in policing the line of acceptability. In one case, the owner of an independent bakery narrowly escaped being sent to prison for making illegitimate use of a much larger rival’s equipment. The rival had obtained an injunction against the businessman, forbidding him...

Premier League – High Court to Rule on £8 Million Secret Commissions Claim

Football is a highly regulated sport and disputes arising between clubs, players and their agents are generally submitted to arbitration under the aegis of the Football Association (FA). However, in one case concerning alleged secret commissions paid on the transfer of a player to a Premiership club, the High Court retained jurisdiction. The player had launched...

Oil Tanker Freed from Anchor as High Court Breaks Commercial Deadlock

The high seas may be wild and uncontrollable, but they are not lawless. In one case that proved the point, the High Court broke a commercial impasse that had left an oil tanker drifting at anchor thousands of miles from her home port for almost a year. The owners of the vessel claimed to be owed about $7.7 million in hire charges by the owners of her cargo,...

Interpreting Contracts – What Matters Is the Parties’ Intentions

Some contracts are better drafted than others, but the courts are always keen to give effect to the intentions of the parties and are equally reluctant to find that provisions are void for uncertainty. Those points were clearly made in a case concerning a subcontract to install a new airport baggage handling facility. A contractor carrying out major works at the...

High Court Steps in to Protect Troubled Insurer’s Policyholders

Confidence in the insurance industry, and peace of mind for policyholders, demands that transfers of insurance business between providers are closely scrutinised by the courts. In one such case, a judge approved the dissolution of a technically insolvent insurer and the transfer of its policies to a secure and better capitalised home. The insurer had closed to...