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Possession Proceedings & Practice Direction 51Z: Stay Lifted

12 / 5 / 2020

Jon Lester was recently successful in persuading a District Judge in the County Court at Central London (by telephone hearing) that she did have the residual power to lift the stay imposed on possession proceedings by the recently enacted Practice Direction 51Z.   Jon acted for the tenants of commercial premises whose lease had been […]

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Insolvency Appeal: Ruhi Sethi-Smith successful at remote High Court hearing

12 / 5 / 2020

Ruhi Sethi-Smith successfully appeared in a High Court appeal in Manchester via Skype for Business. Ruhi’s client was the Petitioning Creditor who obtained a winding up order in Business & Property Courts in Manchester. One of the shareholders of the Company made an oral application for permission to appeal that order. At a hearing conducted […]

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Remote hearings in insolvency matters: Nathan Webb appears via Skype for Business in the Insolvency and Companies Court.

9 / 4 / 2020

On 8 April 2020, Nathan Webb appeared in a bankruptcy hearing on behalf of a creditor in unusual circumstances in which the creditor had obtained carriage of the bankruptcy petition from the original petitioner. The hearing took place remotely before ICC Judge Prentis in the Insolvency and Companies Court and the technology functioned well, demonstrating […]

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The new normal: Skype for Business as a forum for justice.

7 / 4 / 2020

On 7 April 2020, Jon Lester appeared in the interim applications list in the Chancery Division via Skype. Jon secured an interim injunction preventing the respondent from selling her property before the resolution of the underlying dispute. Mr Justice Birss granted the order on the strength of the case that Jon’s client was entitled to […]

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COVID-19: force majeure and frustration

7 / 4 / 2020

In light of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the ability of businesses to trade as normal, Ruhi Sethi-Smith explores the principles underlying the use of force majeure clauses and the doctrine of frustration. You can download Ruhi’s note from our Publications page.

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Freezing Injunctions in a time of COVID-19: Darragh Connell appears in worldwide freezing injunction application in the QBD

27 / 3 / 2020

On 27 March 2020, Darragh Connell appeared remotely on behalf of a respondent to an application for a continued worldwide freezing injunction before Griffiths J. in the Queen’s Bench Division. The remote hearing (involving five parties) demonstrated the High Court’s flexibility to continue to hear urgent injunction applications during the coronavirus pandemic. Darragh is frequently […]

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COVID-19: Business and Property Courts Protocol on Remote Hearings

20 / 3 / 2020

In light of the continuing Covid-19 outbreak, the Business and Property Courts have provided a revised protocol on remote hearings. We welcome this guidance and its commitment to moving to telephone and video hearings “wherever possible” so that the disputes that court users are facing can continue to progress at this unusual time. You can […]

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COVID-19: a message to our clients

20 / 3 / 2020

In light of the growing concerns around the current coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to reassure all of those who work with Forum that we have put in place a series of measures to protect the well-being of all of our clients, staff and members, while also making sure that we continue to offer the high […]

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Landmark Bitcoin judgment: Darragh Connell successful in judgment recognising Bitcoin as property under English law

21 / 1 / 2020

Darragh Connell successfully obtained an interim proprietary injunction in respect of a Bitcoin ransom payment in the case of AA v Persons Unknown who demanded Bitcoin on 10 and 11 October 2019 and others [2019] EWHC 3556 (Comm). The reporting restriction relating to the judgment was lifted at a further hearing on 17 January 2020. The […]

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Lloyd Maynard successfully defends claims arising under a Distribution Agreement

15 / 1 / 2020

Acting for Koch Media Ltd, an English subsidiary of a German-Austrian media enterprise, Lloyd Maynard successfully defended claims made by DVD producer Demand Media Ltd for c£1m. The claims were for alleged breaches of an exclusive distribution agreement. Demand Media claimed that an exclusive distributor must be subject to an implied duty not to sell […]

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