Balanced decisions

It’s been a week for landmark judgments.

Today it’s relief all round across the legal market in the wake of a Supreme Court decision over legal privilege. The news is good for lawyers fighting a turf war with accountants over the booming investigations market and a hefty win for Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC. The fact that it garnered seven judges on the panel, two of whom (including Lord Sumption) dissented, underlines its importance.

Meanwhile, last week’s judgment in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) debating the extent to which employees can show their religious beliefs at work has spawned much debate. Issues under debate included the wearing of religious symbols, and whether religious beliefs trump other human rights.

As Matrix Chambers’ Cherie Booth QC argued yesterday, the important thing about the judgment is that it does not provide employees with an absolute right to wear religious dress or symbols in the workplace.

The big winner in both cases is Blackstone Chambers. James Dingemans QC was on the winning side in the Supreme Court and fellow Blackstone tenants James Eadie QC and Dinah Rose QC were both involved in the ECHR case.

Elsewhere in litigation circles:

  • City litigator Angela Walsh is celebrating after taking T-Mobile to court over £566 worth of data roaming charges
  • Morrison & Foerster is the latest firm to pick up a role in the HMV administration, with litigation partner Jonathan Wheeler leading the team
  • And, don’t forget to check out our series of preview videos of this year’s Hot 100, including Devereux Chambers’ Ingrid Simler QC and Brick Court Chambers’ “delightful” Tim Lord QC.