Chris Atkinson examines a case where a man’s liberty turned on litigation.

The bread and butter of most commercial litigators are fights about money. London’s civil courts are stuffed with disputes in which companies and individuals join battle to recover their lost or stolen funds. This is a serious business, with the amounts involved often running into the hundreds of millions or even billions of pounds. No quarter is given and none is expected.

But a trial that took place in the Commercial Court last month was about more than money: it was about a man’s liberty.

What happened?

In Charles Ridley v Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC ([2020] EWHC 1213 (Comm) and [2020] EWHC 2088 (Comm) a claim, ostensibly about the interpretation of a settlement agreement, the parties ...

Chris Atkinson
Senior Associate

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