Posts from Fountain Court Chambers

Is permission required to adduce expert evidence at an interlocutory hearing?

Parties often seek to rely upon expert evidence, in particular evidence of foreign law, at interlocutory hearings. Commonly, an expert report will be adduced even though the expert is not expected to attend, or be cross-examined at, the hearing. Such hearings very often occur at an early stage in proceedings, in particular in applications for … Continue reading Is permission required to adduce expert evidence at an interlocutory hearing?

Responsibility for robots

Newspapers today are filled with headlines about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. We are usually told that AI is going to take our jobs or take over the world. Both those topics are important, but they tend to obscure the debate on a more immediate issue: how can legal systems accommodate AI, … Continue reading Responsibility for robots

Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP: how far are professionals liable for the consequences of their advice?

In Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP, the Commercial Court held that the defendant, a firm of accountants, was not liable for substantial losses suffered on unprofitable transactions which had been entered into as a consequence of advice received from the defendant, even though the losses were foreseeable and caused by the negligent … Continue reading Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP: how far are professionals liable for the consequences of their advice?

What happens abroad… disclosing foreign proceedings

How much does an applicant for a freezing order need to tell the English court about other claims it is conducting abroad? This is a significant question for any lawyer involved in cross-border litigation, and was the main issue at stake in the High Court decision in Banca Turco Romana v Kamuran Cortuk and others.