Adam Mawardi

Adam joined The Lawyer in May 2021 as a reporter. He primarily covers litigation and the Bar. He tweets @thelawyer_adam

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Trial begins against ex-Jones Day partner over “burn” messages

Former Jones Day partner Raymond McKeeve has once again apologised for his “serious lapse of judgment” after commanding a client to destroy documents, but has denied allegations of criminal contempt of court. Today marked the start of a four-day trial between McKeeve and Ocado, in which the retailer seeks to hold him criminally responsible for […]

Clifford Chance and Kirkland join battle over $1.2bn mining deal

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance and US titan Kirkland & Ellis have been called into a dispute over aborted $1.2bn share purchase agreements over copper and nickel mines in Brazil. The lawsuit is brought by two Brazilian share investment funds backed by private equity house Appian Capital against special purpose vehicle subsidiary Sibanye Brazil and […]

Ed Sheeran

Costs awarded in Ed Sheeran’s copyright battle

The costs of Ed Sheeran’s High Court copyright battle over his 2017 chart topper ‘Shape of You’ have been revealed. Reading grime artist Sami Chokri, also known as Sami Switch, and co-writer Ross O’Donoghue must make an interim payment on account of £916,200 to singer-songwriter Sheeran plus several record producers and music publishers, Zacaroli J has […]

Garden Court Chambers

Silks clash on closing day of Bailey-Garden Court hearing

On the final day of submissions, legal representatives for Garden Court Chambers have condemned “frankly shocking” conduct in a landmark discrimination lawsuit brought by one of its own barristers. Counsel for barrister Allison Bailey, LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall and Garden Court Chambers made their closing submissions yesterday before the Employment Tribunal. Submissions were made on Bailey’s […]

Travers Smith

Travers scales up eat-for-free canteen

Travers Smith is set to offer its London workers three meals a day, five days a week – all for free. The UK law firm is preparing to launch a limited evening service this summer, whereby all staff – including business service professionals – can eat dinner free-of-charge from its office cafe, Braithwaite’s. Travers’ free […]

London Metal Exchange

City trio instructed in London Metal Exchange nickel lawsuits

Three City firms are acting in the multimillion-dollar judicial review claims against the London Metal Exchange over cancelled nickel trades, The Lawyer understands. The dispute centres around LME’s decision to cancel nickel trades and temporarily suspend trading activity in March after its price rapidly soared in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Uncertainty and supply […]

Lidl

Costs for Tesco and Lidl pile up ahead of copyright clash

Tesco and Lidl are expected to spend more than £2m in combined legal costs ahead of a heated copyright clash over logos, a new High Court judgment has revealed. The trademark dispute, brought by Bird & Bird’s client Lidl, centres around Tesco’s blue and yellow sign used in its Clubcard Prices advertising, which is accused […]

BDB Pitmans partner fined over client account misconduct

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has fined a BDB Pitmans partner for providing banking facilities via the firm’s client account in respect of nearly $400,000 in payments. Charity lawyer Jonathan Brinsden, whose services include compliance and regulation, was found to have conducted transactions on behalf of two charitable trusts between 2014 and 2016, due to […]

Leona Ahmed

Addleshaws’ former London head set to depart

The former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s London office, who has been with the firm for over 15 years, is set to leave, The Lawyer has learnt. Real estate partner Leona Ahmed is leaving Addleshaws, having joined the firm in 2007. Ahmed previously spent over 11 years with legacy firm Lawrence Graham, which has since become […]

London

BCLP real estate partner exits for Addleshaws

Addleshaw Goddard has recruited a long-term corporate real estate partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, marking yet another departure for the transatlantic firm. Simon Pollock is set to move to Addleshaws’ investment management group after spending nearly 29 years with BCLP. He joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 1993, which merged with US firm […]