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High Court finds solicitor guilty of criminal contempt of court for destroying documents in response to a Search Order

August 03 2022

Ocado Group Plc v Raymond McKeeve [2022] EWHC 2079 (Ch) On 3 August 2022, Mr Justice Adam Johnson held that Raymond McKeeve – a leading private equity lawyer – was guilty of criminal contempt of court. By destroying documents in response to a Search Order and thwarting the purpose of that order, Mr McKeeve intentionally interfered with the administration of justice. The facts of this case...

Pleading and proving foreign law in the English courts

August 03 2022

Matthew Hoyle has written a note for Practical Law on the practice of pleading and proving foreign law in the English courts. The note covers a variety of important issues for commercial practitioners, including the meaning and scope of a “foreign law”, the various methods of proving such laws (including by expert evidence) and the approach of the English courts in applying foreign law....

Deutsche Bank secures lengthy suspended committal order in the Sebastian Holdings/Alexander Vik Litigation

August 01 2022

In a further phase in the long running Deutsche Bank (DB)/Sebastian Holdings Inc (SHI) litigation, Moulder J has now committed SHI’s former director, Mr Alexander Vik, to prison for 20-months, suspended on extensive conditions of future compliance. Earlier in the year, following a heavily contested multi-week committal application, Moulder J found DB had shown beyond all reasonable doubt that...

Commercial Court considers ‘loss of a chance’ damages in the context of iconic Olympia London

July 28 2022

The Commercial Court handed down its judgment on 27 July 2022 on a £366 million claim for damages arising from a failed bid to acquire the iconic exhibition centre, Olympia London. The Court awarded the Claimant “loss of a chance” damages of £14.98 million. The judgment of Knowles J follows a four-week trial in October–November 2021. The trial featured extensive expert...