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In PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov and others [2018], the defendant (‘D’) applied to vary the terms of a worldwide freezing order to provide that an asset list that he had previously disclosed would constitute the only asset disclosure that he would be required to provide, despite it not being comprehensive. The basis for the application … Continue reading COMMERCIAL COURT REINFORCES THE REQUIREMENT OF FULL DISCLOSURE OF ASSETS FOR FREEZING ORDERS

In Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications, the Supreme Court decided that Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) should not have to bear the cost of complying with website blocking injunctions to block access to websites infringing a rights-holder’s trade marks. Interestingly, this decision is the first one confirming the availability of blocking orders against websites infringing … Continue reading CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AG & ORS (Respondents) v BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC & ANOR (Appellants) (2018)

In Eastern European Engineering Ltd v Vijay Construction (Proprietary) Ltd [2018] EWHC 1539 (Comm), the Claimant entered into six contracts with the Defendant in relation to the construction of the Savoy Resort and Spa Hotel on Mahé (Seychelles). The contracts were governed by Seychelles law and contained an ICC arbitration clause with Paris as the … Continue reading “Very limited link” sees High Court dismiss request for worldwide freezing order

In F v BBC (2018), a former police officer applied for relief restraining the broadcast by the respondent BBC of an interview of him recorded near his home. In 2003, the applicant (A) had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, theft and gross misconduct in public office as, while he was the investigating officer in … Continue reading A former police officer was entitled to an interim injunction restraining the BBC from broadcasting on television an interview that highlighted his criminal past

In Gulf Air BSC v One Inflight Ltd and others [2018] EWHC 1019 (Comm), several defendants failed to have freezing orders against them set aside on the basis there was a failure to establish a risk of dissipation of assets. In April 2015, Gulf Air entered into a contact for in-flight entertainment services with Global … Continue reading High Court rejects application to set aside freezing orders in Gulf Air Fraud Case

In Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov, the Commercial Court had to consider the interpretation of a standard undertaking given in support of a worldwide freezing order (the WFO) obtained by a Lithuanian Bank against two former directors, not to seek to enforce the WFO outside of England and Wales nor to seek an order … Continue reading Undertakings as part of worldwide freezing orders will be construed narrowly

An interim injunction was sought from the claimant to lift his suspension of employment at the defendant university. The claimant was the head of science and technology at the university but was suspended and barred from access to his work email account because of complaints about his relationship with colleagues. A review found that he … Continue reading Interim injunction refused for claimant suspended by university during the course of his employment

In Lederer & Anor v Allsop LLP (13/03/2018) the court refused to continue an injunction preventing the sale of a property on the grounds that it was in nobody’s interests to delay a sale. The property was owned by the second claimant company (C2), the registered proprietor. The first claimant (C1) was a student who … Continue reading Court refuses to continue an interim injunction restraining the sale of a property

In Owners of the Ship “Al Khattiya” v Owners and/or Demise Charterers of the Ship “Jag Laadki” [2018] EWHC 389, the court considered an application to stay proceedings on forum non conveniens grounds and to set aside an anti-suit injunction. The basic facts were as follows: • The defendant (D) admitted liability after a collision … Continue reading English Court refuses to set aside anti-suit injunction

In Clarkson Plc v Person or Persons Unknown [2018] EWHC 417 (QB), the court granted the claimant’s application for a final injunction by way of default judgment without holding a hearing. The unknown defendants had illegally obtained sensitive IT information belonging to the claimant, a shipping company, and had threatened to disclose this information unless … Continue reading Court derogates from the “open justice” principle and grants a final injunction without a hearing