Lewis Silkin works with some of the most dynamic and innovative technology companies in the world.
We have a specialist technology sector group and a wealth of experience in technology disputes (and pre-empting them where possible). We provide down-to-earth, commercial and cost-effective advice to resolve disputes by litigation, arbitration, negotiation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Our clients range from entrepreneurs, start-up companies and their financiers and investors, to large multi-nationals and internationally-known technology companies. The disputes we handle cover all areas of expertise in our technology sector group.
Preparing to issue proceedings26 April 2017
This note provides general guidance on the steps to consider prior to embarking on litigation. There are a number of practical considerations that should be taken into account. The civil justice system in England expects parties to take a certain number of steps before issuing proceedings. This guide runs through these matters in outline.
Litigation Costs26 April 2017
This guide provides a general introduction to the recovery of litigation costs from your opponent. It discusses general principles as well as problems that may arise during the course of litigation, providing practical guidance as to how to secure the best recovery.
Time to add more defendants?21 April 2017
In a recent decision the Court of Appeal has had to decide whether a claim for accessory liability against various companies was time barred. Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd (t/a Allen & Hanburys) Anor v Sandoz Ltd & Anor  EWCA Civ 22.
Marathon Asset misses the jackpot again12 April 2017
After being awarded only £2 in nominal damages in its breach of confidence case, Marathon Asset has been heavily penalised on costs after failing to accept the defendants’ Part 36 offer.
Expert Witnesses16 March 2017
This guide provides a general introduction to the use of experts in court proceedings. The rules governing expert evidence are found in Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35, the Court Guides and the Guidance for Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims published by the Civil Justice Council. This guidance will highlight the main points you need to know, consider issues often encountered and offer some practical tips.
Bad timing for a counterclaim27 February 2017
The provisions of section 35(3) of the Limitation Act 1980 will not enable a defendant to bring counterclaim that would otherwise be time barred before the proceedings had commenced.
Court considers service of a defendant’s notice to force claimant to serve proceedings or discontinue a claim14 February 2017
A recent decision not only reminds practitioners of a defendant’s ability to force a claimant to either serve proceedings or discontinue a claim by using a CPR 7.7(1) notice, but also considers for the first time the date for compliance with such a notice.
Legal advice privilege: Not as wide as you think?08 February 2017
Who is a lawyer’s client and what type of communications are protected for the purposes of legal advice privilege have been the subject of two recent important High Court decisions. These cases make it clear that not all communications between lawyers and a client’s employees will be protected by legal advice privilege, even if the communication took place to allow legal advice to be given.