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RPC | United Kingdom | 1 Mar 2022

Court of Appeal issues "clear message" that those who breach embargoes on draft judgments risk contempt proceedings

In only the third judgment ever to consider the issue, the Court of Appeal has issued a stark reminder that court users should take care to observe any embargo over a draft judgment or else face the possibility of proceedings for contempt of court. In its judgment, the Court also provided useful guidance on the permissible uses of draft judgments.
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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | United Kingdom | 9 Aug 2021

UK High Court Imposes Custodial Sentence for Contempt

In XL Insurance Company SE v. IPORS Underwriting Ltd, Paul Alan Corcoran & Others [2021] EWHC 1407 (Comm), Mrs. Justice Cockerill DBE imposed an…
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 29 Jul 2021

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2021

This quarterly civil fraud update provides a summary of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period April - June…
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9 Stone Buildings | United Kingdom | 2 Dec 2020

Irtelli cannot stand: Court of Appeal overturns its own decision on the mental element required for a finding of contempt: Varma v Atkinson [2020] EWCA Civ 1602

On 27 November 2020, Rose, Lewison, and Stuart-Smith LJJ handed down their Unanimous judgment dismissing Mr Sanjiv Varma’s appea…
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Anthony Gold | United Kingdom | 14 Feb 2020

Hadkinson Orders and HR v DS [2019] 2425 (Fam)

If an individual is in breach of a court order, for example to pay the other party a sum of money, the court has discretion to refuse to hear them by…
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 6 Feb 2020

What is required to prove contempt of court?

Applications in the civil courts for contempt of court are becoming more regular and we have previously written blogs on this topic: It's only a…
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 28 Nov 2019

Contempt of court: the prospect of prison, even before proceedings are issued

The Courts are cracking down on those who fail to abide by, or act in complete disregard of, court orders and procedures. Individuals and companies…
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James & Wells | New Zealand | 30 Aug 2019

Courting discourteous behaviour in civil hearings

The Contempt of Court Bill 2018 (“Contempt Bill”) passed its third reading in the House on 20 August 2019 and is at the time of writing awaiting…
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Odin Feldman & Pittleman PC | USA | 21 May 2019

Pushing Your Patience Your Honor … with All Due Respect Contempt in Bankruptcy and the Consequences Thereof

Courts possess inherent authority to regulate conduct in their courtrooms and to enforce their orders. All litigants who are unsuccessful in civil…
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RPC | United Kingdom | 15 Apr 2019

How do you stop the golden egg rolling away?

A fraudster may hatch a plan to hide their prize asset (the golden egg) when they learn that court proceedings are likely to be started by their…
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