UK Dispute Resolution Update - April 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of our Dispute Resolution bulletin from Bird & Bird's UK disputes team. This edition features articles on recent legal developments together with a selection of the resources we have produced which have been published on the Coronavirus In Focus page of Please click the link to access the full range of cross-jurisdiction and cross-sector briefings we have produced designed to help you navigate this very uncertain period.

We hope you will find this update helpful and interesting. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in the articles. We are here to help. You will also find copies of all our articles together with other disputes related know how on Disputes+, our easy access disputes knowledge portal. Please click here to access Disputes+.


The English Court of Appeal decides it has the power to order a non-party witness to give evidence in aid of a foreign arbitration

By Sophie Eyre, Rebecca Slater


English court decides aircraft diversion for passenger illness is not an "extraordinary circumstance" for the purposes of Regulation 261

By Sophie Eyre, Simon Phippard


English law and English courts can continue to be used in international contracts after Brexit

By Louise Lanzkron, Richard Eccles

Brexit: Cross Border Disputes – What will change and ways to mitigate your risk

By Victoria Hobbs, Louise Lanzkron


A salutary reminder of the importance of following internal policies when negotiating purchase agreements by email

By Victoria Hobbs, Theo Cooper

COVID-19 Resources

Force majeure, and beyond: Other contractual and related issues on COVID-19

By Andrew White, Victoria Hobbs, Louise Lanzkron

COVID-19 & Your Global Renewables Supply Chain - 10 Step Guide

By Elizabeth Reid, Jonathan Speed

Status of IPO and Courts - an Overview

An up to date look at what's happening with the different courts in the jurisdictions we operate. We have also provided live links to our sources for more detailed information.

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