Commercial e-Bulletin – April 2021

April 30, 2021

Keeping you up-to-date with the latest legal updates, insights and guidance from the commercial team at Exchange Chambers.

In this edition:

Sham or artifice-or what does a “real sham” look like?
Was the question Fordham J recently asked in Isle Investments v Leeds City Council  [2021] EWHC 345 (Admin), in which Bill Hanbury appeared for the successful local authority. Bill discusses the case and highlights the issues that can arise in this area of the law.

Bankruptcy annulment and divorce (Lin v Gudmundsson (a bankrupt) and others)
In this article first published by LexisNexis, Steven Fennell provides an analysis of Lin v Gudmundsson and the practical implications of this case. 

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Although the internet has been around for some 30 years now, the common law has not always kept pace with tech developments. One such example concerns internet domain names. Although ubiquitous in our daily lives, the legal status of internet domain names remains uncertain. In this article, Alfie Weiss deep dives into the realm of internet domain names and the associated common law.

Business Interruption Insurance Update
It would appear that insurers are being slow to pay claims following the Supreme Court decision in FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and others [2021] UKSC 1. Following his previous article on the topic, Jonathan Lowe provides a further update.

See the latest news from the team below:

The road to Silk: How Giles Maynard-Connor QC achieved his career dream
I have been incredibly fortunate over the years to have been instructed by some fantastic Solicitors on so many great cases, and to have achieved my career dream is truly brilliant. It’s been hard work all the way,”. Giles Maynard-Connor QC on his elevation to silk, which took effect on 15th March 2021. Read more about Giles’ career journey in this article.

Mediator Paul Johnson reappointed to Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
Paul Johnson from Exchange Chambers has been reappointed to Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for a further three years (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2024). Sport Resolutions is an independent, not-for-profit, dispute resolution service for sport based in the United Kingdom.

Success for RHA and relief for funding industry as Court of Appeal judges sitting as Divisional Court rule that litigation funding agreements are not subject to regulation as DBAs
David Went is representing the RHA in the collective proceedings and appeared before the Court of Appeal/Divisional Court in Paccar Inc. and others v Road Haulage Association and others [2021] EWCA Civ 299.

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