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Leah Gardner

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Leah is an Senior Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration team where she advises on complex commercial litigation and judicial review. She acts for clients in a variety of industries, including technology, media, consumer/manufacturing and energy, and has worked on matters for defendants and claimants in the public and private sectors. Leah has particular expertise in IT, outsourcing and licensing disputes, contract disputes, civil fraud, procurement challenges and judicial review applications. 

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Relevant experience

  • Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain to obtain strike out / reverse summary judgment in a claim by Forrest Fresh Foods in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • A global provider of digital transformation services in two separate contractual disputes with government departments.
  • AEG Presents in relation to a challenge (judicial review and private law procurement claim) by Live Nation of The Royal Parks’ tender process for the contract to organise the 2020-2025 BST Hyde Park summer festival.
  • Microsoft Corporation to obtain a worldwide freezing injunction and document preservation and disclosure order.
  • The BBC in relation to an IT outsourcing dispute.
  • Alexander Gorbachev in his USD2 billion fraud claim against Russian oligarch, Andrey Guriev, brought in the Commercial Court in London.
  • BBC Studios in respect of contractual disputes involving SVOD distribution rights and TV series production rights. 
  • A global social media platform on exposure under laws of product liability and negligence.
  • IoT specialist Telit Communications in relation to a dispute in relation to the sale of its automotive business to a Hong Kong-based buyer.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Society for Computers & Law, Member
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  • June 2021 – Gardner, ‘Software Licensing Agreements: Five things to look out for on review’, Computers & Law.
  • February 2021 – Taplin and Grolman, ‘Beating the Bots: What are the options for retailers?’, Computers & Law.
  • December 2020 – Grolman, ‘Book Review: The Law of Artificial Intelligence’, Computers & Law.
  • December 2020 – Grolman and Gluyas, ‘Tech Law Disputes Predictions for 2021 from CMS’, Computers & Law.
  • November 2020 – Grolman, ‘Digital Accessibility Class Actions: Coming Soon to England and Wales?’, Computers & Law.
  • May 2020 - Grolman, ‘Remote Hearings: The New Normal?’ Computers and Law and RemoteCourts.Org.
  • May 2020 - Grolman, Leah Grolman Discusses Self-Driving Cars and Product Liability, Society for Computers and Law Podcast.
  • October 19 – Grolman, ‘Autonomous vehicles, software and product liability: have the Law Commissions missed an opportunity?’, Computers & Law.
  • August 19 - Grolman, ‘Book Review: Channon, McCormick and Noussia, The Law and Autonomous Vehicles (informa law from Routledge 2019)’, Computers & Law.
  • March 19 - Johns and Grolman, ‘Big Data and International Law’, Oxford Bibliographies, DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199796953-0176.
  • February 18 - do Rozario, Yates and Grolman, ‘Could Cybersecurity Class Actions be on Their Way to Australia?’, Governance Directions vol. 70 no. 1.
  • April 17 - Grolman, ‘Service of, and defects in, statutory demands: Re International Materials wrong’, April 2017, Corporations Law Bulletin no. 236.
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  • 2019 – MPhil in Law (Distinction), University of Oxford, Oxford.
  • 2014 - Admitted as a solicitor of the High Court and Federal Court of Australia.
  • 2014 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2014 – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law, Sydney.
  • 2014 – BA / LLB, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
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Google de­feats Lloyd’s claim - but Su­preme Court breathes new life in­to...
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On 7 Septem­ber 2021, the Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal handed down judg­ment in For­rest Fresh Foods (FFF) v Coca-Cola European Part­ners Lim­ited (CCEP) [2021] CAT 29, strik­ing out FFF’s claim in its en­tirety...
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First re­port on the true pic­ture of European class ac­tion risk, a key con­cern for ma­jor cor­por­ates 
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In 2020, busi­nesses had to switch overnight to on­line de­liv­ery of goods, ser­vices and oth­er activ­it­ies. Hav­ing gone on­line in haste, there is a sig­ni­fic­ant risk that di­git­al ac­cess­ib­il­ity has not been...
Court of Ap­peal con­firms the mean­ing of “good­will” in share pur­chase agree­ments
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