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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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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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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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The Perils of Crowdfunding

1 / 1 / 2018

Darragh Connell considers the recent High Court decision, Re BBH Property 1 Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 2584. Roth J appointed the Official Receiver as the provisional liquidator of 13 separate companies where it was likely they would be wound up in the public interest. The companies in question were involved in one of two […]

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