Supreme Court rejects a one-size-fits-all approach to costs orders against public authorities (CMA v Flynn Pharma Ltd & Ors [2022] UKSC 14)

On 25 May 2022, the UK’s Supreme Court issued a decision on the apportionment of costs in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”). This decision has implications for future costs rulings of the CAT where the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) is a party. The decision is also of broader significance insofar as it rejects…

Velitor at the BSV Global Blockchain Convention in Dubai 24-26 May 2022

Velitor made their exhibitor debut at the BSV Global Blockchain Convention with founder Seamus Andrew speaking at the “Law & Order: Regulatory Compliance for Blockchain & Digital Assets” panel.  Velitor’s booth, guarded by a trusty Stormtrooper aptly christened “Stormy”, delighted guests and speakers alike, providing an interesting talking point in relation to the Ainsworth v…

Velitor Law attending the BSV Global Blockchain Convention in Dubai

Velitor Law is pleased to announce that it will be attending the BSV Global Blockchain Convention in Dubai as an Exhibitor Partner. The BSV Global Blockchain Convention will take place in Dubai between 24-26 May 2022, patronised by HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi of Ras Al-Khaimah and the Ras Al-Khaimah Chamber of Commerce….

Bailey v Cherry Hill Skip Hire Ltd & Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 531 (27 April 2022)

In a single judgment handed down on 27 April 2022, Lady Justice Andrews allowed an appeal against the dismissal of an unfair prejudice petition under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. The judgment provides welcome clarity on the circumstances in which delay in bringing an unfair prejudice petition will see the petition fail at…

Refusal to arbitrate: “£33 quadrillion” High Court claim dismissed following suspended arbitration

The English High Court recently dismissed a suit for “£33.3 quadrillion” in Sangamneheri v The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators & Ors [2022] EWHC 886 (Comm) (12 April 2022), at the same time handing down a two year extended civil restraint order (ECRO) [1] against the claimant, Mr Sangamneheri, for persistently vexatious litigation. Patricia Robertson QC, sitting…

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill: Final Offer Arbitration

On 9 November 2021 the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons (accompanied by an updated Code of Practice). Currently before the House of Lords, the Bill seeks to achieve negotiated resolutions of commercial rent arrears disputes, where such arrears resulted from the impact of government measures to combat the spread…

Agreeing to arbitrate: UK Supreme Court delivers judgment in Kabab-ji v Kout Food Group

The UK Supreme Court yesterday handed down its highly anticipated decision in Kabab-ji S.A.L. (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [2021] UKSC 48, concerning enforcement of a Paris arbitral award in England and Wales. The decision provides further clarification on the English approach for determining the governing law of an arbitration agreement, and follows the…

The Digital Dispute Resolution Rules: A universal dispute resolution process for the digital age?

Executive summary Following recent developments in the law relating to digital assets across the globe, the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce released its Digital Dispute Resolution Rules on 22 April 2021. The publication of the Rules follows the launch of the Taskforce’s Legal Statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts. The UKJT Rules build on the conclusion of…