Litigation round-up

Ward Hadaway (Tiejha Smyth) acted as Privy Council agents for Gulf Insurance in a claim against the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago heard by the Privy Council in mid-January. Gulf was appealing against a decision of the Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal, seeking a declaration that the bank acted unlawfully in transferring shares during a 1993 merger. The Judicial Committee reserved judgment, but indicated that it will allow the appeal and award damages to Gulf. Alvin Fitzpatrick SC and Joan Byrne were instructed by Byrne & Byrne (Adrian Byrne) for the appellants. Edwin Coe (Alan Merkel) instructed Michael Brindle QC and Veronique Buehrlen (Fountain Court Chambers) for the bank.

Wedlake Bell (Andrew Joyce) acted for Highbury House Communications in the successful defence of a copyright infringement claim brought by IPC Media. In December 2004, Mr Justice Laddie dismissed allegations that Highbury’s magazine Home had copied IPC’s Ideal Home, and on 26 January ordered IPC to pay costs, estimated at £1.8m, on an indemnity basis. Wedlake Bell instructed James Mellor and Jessie Bowhill (8 New Square). IPC was represented by Arnold & Porter (Ian Kirby), instructing Martin Howe QC and James Abrahams, also of 8 New Square.

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (Michael Fiddy) represented Crystal Palace FC in the Court of Appeal last Wednesday (2 February). Crystal Palace was appealing a decision of Bernard Livesey QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, in July 2004, who ruled that assets held by the Football League were payable to Crystal Palace’s liquidator rather than the club. DLA Piper instructed Philip Marshall QC (Serle Court). Nicholas Peacock (Maitland Chambers) acted for the liquidator, instructed by Denton Wilde Sapte (Rachel Anthony).

Herbert Smith (Peter Burrell) defended the former chief executive of SSL International Iain Cater against allegations that he had knowingly reported inflated figures in SSL’s accounts. Herbert Smith instructed Edmund Lawson QC (9-12 Bell Yard). All charges were dismissed in December at the Chester Crown Court. Former finance director Paul Sanders, represented by Eversheds (Mark Davenport), instructing Jonathan Caplan QC (5 Paper Buildings), and ex-regional director Dieno George, represented by Burton Copeland (Richard Sallybanks), instructing Tim Langdale QC (Hollis Whiteman Chambers), also had cases against them dismissed.