UK: Dispute Resolution update


Our London disputes team is delighted to provide the latest edition of our Dispute Resolution bulletin featuring articles on hot dispute resolution topics, recent legal developments and a summary of our First for Retail & Consumer Disputes Conference.

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.


Brexit: Cross-border dispute resolution implications

Data Breach Litigation

The "Tidal wave" of data protection-related class actions: Why we're not drowning just yet...

International Reach of Regulator's Powers

UK Court Extends the International Scope of the SFO's Investigatory Powers


Court of Appeal overturns the controversial and narrow approach to the application of litigation privilege taken by the High Court in SFO v ENRC 


Investment Treaty Arbitration: Mitigating risk and protecting cross-border deals


The Pitfalls of Starting Work Without a Formal Agreement: Court of Appeal ruling in Arcadis Consulting v AMEC

Retail & Consumer

Our First for Retail & Consumer Disputes event recently took place in the London office.

This was the latest in our series of sector-based First for Disputes client events, having already undertaken successful events in the Aviation & Defence and Tech & Comms sectors.

Victoria Hobbs (Retail & Consumer DR Partner), welcomed a select group of 18 representatives from a range of retail and consumer-facing businesses, for a focused round-table discussion and networking drinks.

The Bird & Bird team explored how increasing regulation and disruptive technology are impacting on the sector, highlighting what retail brands can do to protect their businesses.

First, Matthew Foote (Senior Associate), Matthew Pack (Senior Associate) and Jonathan Robb (Associate), focused on cybersecurity, trade secrets and reputation management, which included a hypothetical case study to address the real time effects of some of the key issues discussed.

IP Partner, Peter Brownlow, then went on to explore brand disputes, looking at recent cases in the retail sector to help delegates understand what might lie ahead as online counterfeits and the impending effect of Brexit on EU Trade Mark registrations continue to disrupt the market.

We ended with an overview of recent Retail & Consumer case law, with Victoria and Lucy Martin (Associate) highlighting how avoidable mistakes can lead to litigation and impact on how parties manage their commercial agreements.

For more information on Retail & Consumer disputes, please contact Victoria.