Blue Holdings (1) Pte Ltd and Blue Holdings (2) Pte Ltd v United States was an appeal against a High Court decision to continue an interim freezing injunction which had been granted to the United States under section 25 the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (the “CJJA”) in support of forfeiture proceedings in the … Continue reading No freezing injunction in support of foreign proceedings under section 25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 where the purpose is to circumvent the Proceeds of Crime Act regime for relief

In a mercifully short judgment in the long running Fiona Trust  case, Andrew Smith J considered (1) what conduct is relevant in deciding whether an enquiry for damages on a cross-undertaking should be refused; and (2) whether in the circumstances of that case it would be proper to refuse an enquiry. By way of judgment … Continue reading Parties’ conduct relevant as to whether to enforce the cross-undertaking in damages

In October 2013, Gatwick Airport Limited (“GAL”) commenced a tender procedure in relation to the provision of air navigation services and maintenance and repair services.  The incumbent services provider, NATS (Services) Limited (“NATS”), submitted its best and final offer on 2 June 2014 and was notified in July 2014 that it had been unsuccessful. NATS … Continue reading Another automatic contract suspension upheld

The claimant in ICICI Bank UK plc v Diminco NV was an English Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the largest banks in India, operating through its Antwerp branch. The defendant was a distributor of diamonds based in Antwerp and operating in eight countries (not including the UK). The claimant had provided substantial … Continue reading Worldwide freezing and disclosure relief denied in aid of a Belgian claim, in an application under section 25 Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982

Santander UK plc v National Westminster Bank plc concerned the granting of various Norwich Pharmacal orders in favour of Santander UK plc against other banks, the customers of which wrongly received funds following mistaken electronic payments by Santander into the wrong accounts. Norwich Pharmacal orders allow an applicant to obtain an order from the court … Continue reading Norwich Pharmacal applications in the context of unjust enrichment and some practical advice

In Prophet plc v Huggett the Court of Appeal decided that the High Court should not have read words into and then enforced a post-termination restrictive covenant which, as originally drafted, offered the former employer no protection. The High Court granted an injunction enforcing a non-compete post-termination restrictive covenant which stopped Huggett from joining a … Continue reading High Court should not have read words into badly drafted restrictive covenant

In Bakir v Downe, Mr Justice Mostyn, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, has delivered a succinct and pointed judgment confirming that an undertaking given in the face of the court need not be signed to be enforceable, or to be recorded in the court’s order. Mr Downe (who was at times … Continue reading An undertaking given in the face of the court need not be signed; and a firm reminder for litigants in person to follow the court’s procedure

Following the entry into force of the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009, which implemented the new public procurement Remedies Directive, an aggrieved economic operator who wishes to prevent a contract award no longer needs to apply for an interim injunction.  Under the new rules, a standstill period of at least 10 to 15 calendar days … Continue reading Court of Appeal applies American Cyanamid principles in rejecting application to lift automatic contract suspension

EU Regulation No. 655/2014, dated 15 May 2014, established a European Account Preservation Order (“EAPO”) procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters.  Here are eight things you need to know about the Regulation: It came into force on 17 July 2014 and will be applied by participating Member State courts from … Continue reading Eight things you need to know about the EU Regulation establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov concerned an application by BTA Bank for the costs of compliance with a Norwich Pharmacal order to be paid by the respondent, Mr Tyschenko. Mr Tyschenko was a Ukrainian businessman with interests in a range of oil, gas, banking and real estate assets. The bank’s case was that he was … Continue reading Norwich Pharmacal orders: when respondent can be ordered to pay applicant’s costs

A blog to report on the important and developing area of the law as it relates to injunctions