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Damages Based Agreements: Permission to appeal to Supreme Court refused in landmark DBAs case

In Shaista Zuberi v Lexlaw Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 16, the Court of Appeal has refused the appellant permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. This is a welcome and important judgment for lawyers and clients equally as it provides some much needed judicial clarity on the effect of termination in respect of DBAs in litigation matters

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Business Interruption Insurance: Supreme Court judgment means relief for COVID-hit businesses

Business interruption insurance covers businesses for loss of income during periods when the business cannot trade as usual due to an unexpected event. If you are a policyholder and your insurer is refusing to paying out for a business interruption claim related to the coronavirus pandemic, seek legal advice immediately as you may have a litigation claim to seek financial redress.

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Damages Based Agreements: Court of Appeal upholds enforceability of DBAs in the event of termination

The landmark Court of Appeal judgment in Shaista Zuberi v Lexlaw Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 16 makes clear that termination fees are not caught by the DBA Regulations and any DBA including termination clauses is enforceable. The judgment paves the way for DBAs to flourish and enhances access to justice.

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Witness Statements: New Rules Upcoming in the Business and Property Courts

Key changes include a new draft Practice Direction 57AC; the need to identify the documents which the witness has been referred to for the purpose of providing the evidence and endorsement by a certificate of compliance signed by a lawyer.

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Business Interruption Insurance: FCA guidance on how policyholders can prove the presence of COVID-19

The FCA’s draft guidance on how to prove the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a particular area around premises based on the High Court’s judgement and declarations is essential for policyholders in claims against insurers.

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FCA’s Business Interruption Insurance Appeal to be heard at Supreme Court

A “leapfrog” appeal to the Supreme Court may be the quickest route to get legal clarity for all parties. It is is essential that you seek expert legal advice early in order to prepare your Business Interruption Insurance claim.

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German company commences High Court litigation over unpaid Letter of Credit

A Letter of Credit is an irrevocable written commitment by a Bank to make payment to a seller, in connection with the export of specific goods, against the presentation of specified documents identified in the Letter of Credit and relating to those goods. If you have a dispute about a documentary credit our expert UK lawyers can assist.

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High Court: Accountant’s report can be disclosed in litigation

For privilege to apply, there must be a lawyer (i.e. a solicitor or barrister) in the communication for legal advice privilege to apply. Legal advice privilege does NOT extend to other professionals such as accountants. Therefore, in disputes with HMRC for example, (potentially incriminating) communications with an accountant can be disclosed and are not privileged.

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FCA’s Business Interruption Insurance test case heading to the Supreme Court

Given the complexity of business interruption claims and the legal uncertainty surrounding their enforcement, it is is essential that you seek expert legal advice early in order to prepare your Business Interruption Insurance claim.