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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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Case Analysis: Push Payment Fraud

19 / 11 / 2019

David McIlroy explores the Supreme Court decision in Singularis Holdings Ltd (in liquidation) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd [2019] UKSC 50 and considers its implications for Authorised Push Payment Fraud claims. This case analysis looks at the extent of a bank’s Quincecare duty, the ability to attribute the dishonesty of the controlling mind in a ‘one-man company’ to […]

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Case Analysis: Secret Commissions

12 / 11 / 2019

Nathan Webb examines the decision in Wood v Commercial First Business and explores its detailed review of the law on secret commissions. The judgment addresses in particular the distinction between full secret commissions and so-called half-secret commissions. It clarifies the law in the area and solidifies the basis for a broker being held liable where […]

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Darragh Connell teaching Commercial Contract Law at the LSE

21 / 10 / 2019

Darragh Connell has been appointed as a Guest Teacher in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics for the academic year 2019/2020. Darragh will be teaching students advanced Commercial Contract Law. The course focuses on topics such as agreed remedies, agency, assignment, and the provision of security in credit transactions. Alongside his […]

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Jon Lester joins Forum

15 / 10 / 2019

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Lester has joined Chambers from September 2019. Jon appears regularly in County Courts and has appeared in the High Court. Prior to joining the Bar, Jon had a successful career as a lawyer at a well-respected City law firm. He has solid experience in the areas of property […]

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Case Note: Nicoll v Promontoria

9 / 10 / 2019

The decision in Nicoll v Promontoria (RAM2) Ltd [2019] EWHC 2410 (Ch) confirms the limited scope for challenging the effectiveness and validity of an assignment. In summary, if Promontoria has given notice of the assignment to the debtor, and the assigning bank has confirmed by notice or has otherwise acknowledged that it considers the assignment complete, […]

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