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English Court considers the proper presentation of documents under the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees

Tom Bolam |

The recent decision in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia For Services and Contracting Co. Ltd v The Korea Development Bank [2020] EWHC 968 (TCC), considered the meaning of the beneficiary’s obligations to present documents under a demand guarantee where the express requirements for a compliant demand were ambiguous. The judgment provides important guidance on the application of […]


English Court considers the proper presentation of documents under the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees

Tom Bolam |

he recent decision in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia For Services and Contracting Co. Ltd v The Korea Development Bank [2020] EWHC 968 (TCC), considered the meaning of the beneficiary’s obligations to present documents under a demand guarantee where the express requirements for a compliant demand were ambiguous. The judgment provides important guidance on the application of […]


The Commercial Agents Regulations – The Commodity Market Exception

Tom Bolam |

Pluczenik Diamond Company NV v W Nagel (a firm) Case number [2018] EWCA Civ 2640 A commercial agent is a self-employed intermediary with continuing authority to negotiate the sale or purchase of goods on behalf of another person. Commercial agents have special protection in law under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations). […]


Duty of care of lenders and valuers to third parties

Wing Tang, Tom Bolam |

In the recent case of Rehman and Rehman v Santander UK Plc and BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited the High Court was asked to consider whether a lender owed a duty of care to a borrower’s guarantors in respect of a valuation report commissioned by the lender. Facts The borrower […]


Insolvency – Challenging pre-pack sales

Tom Bolam |

A ‘pre-pack’ is where a company in financial difficulty arranges the sale of its business before entering administration (a form of insolvency process). Immediately upon the company entering administration, and without first notifying creditors, the administrators sell the company’s assets to a third party. Creditors of the company that has entered administration are only likely to […]


The Future of ADR

Tom Bolam |

As part of the increasing drive towards alternative means of dispute resolution (ADR), the Civil Justice Council’s ADR Working Group has published an interim report on the current and future role of various forms of ADR in civil disputes[1]. So what is the CJC likely to recommend? The essence of ADR is the deliberate creation […]


Arbitration or court litigation in England and Wales

Tom Bolam |

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

Charles Wander, Gavin Whitney, Christian Charles, Tom Bolam |

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

Tom Bolam |

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 |

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

Tom Bolam |

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 […]