International Cases

A contractual dispute in the High Court of Chancery in London

One of our clients who had entered into a Heads of Agreement to sell its overseas subsidiary but then terminated this agreement was sued in the High Court of Chancery in London for wrongful termination of contract. An application was also made for summary judgment against our client based on an argument that it could not reasonably defend the case. From Sydney, we prepared all of the evidence and documents for our client for use in the London proceedings and then arranged for London lawyers to run the case before a Master of the High Court of Chancery. We are pleased to have been able to successfully defend this case which was dismissed by the Court. The lesson to learn from this case is to be very careful with Heads of Agreement and to never assume a Heads of Agreement is not a contract.  

NZ trademark defence

A successful defence to an opposition to the registration of two trade mark applications in the New Zealand Trade Marks Office. A client who filed two trade mark applications in New Zealand had oppositions filed against their registrations. As the case was not capable of resolution, we were forced to defend the oppositions in the New Zealand Trade Marks Office. The opposition challenged the ownership of the trade marks and we were able to achieve a successful result, whereby the oppositions were dismissed and the opposing party was also ordered to make a contribution to our client’s overall legal costs. A copy of the written decision will soon be available on our website.

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