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Arbitration or court litigation in England and Wales


Counterparties to a commercial contract with no connection to England often agree that any dispute arising from their contract will be determined by the courts of England. The English courts are accustomed to dealing with cases that have no real connection to their jurisdiction.  When agreeing the form of dispute resolution, parties may be faced […]

Fladgate announces partner promotion

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the promotion of commercial property specialist Gavin Whitney to its partnership in the latest round of internal promotions, effective 1 April 2016. As part of the firm’s Route to Partnership policy, Fladgate has made a number of additional promotions within its partnership structure as well as promoting Tom Bolam […]

Common mistakes in choice of law and jurisdiction clauses


It is very common for non English commercial counterparties to decide that a contract should be governed by English law. The English courts are very used to dealing with litigation that does not involve English parties. Often the contract that has given rise to a claim will not have been reviewed by an English qualified […]

Avoiding legal traps and pitfalls in IT projects


Tom Bolam highlights the dangers of proceeding with IT projects without fully agreeing key terms and recording them in a binding agreement. He believes that, when considering IT contracts, lessons can be learned from the construction industry. In 2002 the Government awarded contracts for ‘Spine’, the NHS National Programme for IT. Heralded by its implementation […]

Fladgate acts for JustEnough in defeating interim application

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In a widely reported judgement, Fladgate acted on behalf of JustEnough Software Corporation, the defendant and counterclaimant in a Commercial Court action brought by Supergroup Plc, the owners of the Superdry clothing brand, in successfully defeating an interim application. Having brought proceedings in 2013, Supergroup discontinued its claim against our clients in May 2014, and […]