Alex Taylor

Alex is senior reporter at The Lawyer, covering all aspects of dispute resolution and the Bar

Aldgate

Divisions emerge as Ince partners gather for merger debrief

A proposed merger with Gordon Dadds will be high on the agenda at Ince & Co‘s partner conference in London this weekend, with at least one of the insurance firm’s international offices already understood to have voiced their opposition to the deal. The Lawyer understands that Ince’s Paris office has told senior management it will not […]

High Court

Tchenguiz costs rise to £24m after withdrawing ‘failed’ claim

The withdrawal of Robert Tchenguiz’s accusations against the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and a number of other businesses will cost the property mogul nearly £24m as a result of a High Court judgment passed down yesterday. Mr Justice Robin Knowles ordered Tchenguiz to pay £11.2m to Travers Smith client Jóhannes Jóhannsson of the collapsed Icelandic bank […]

news group

Clifford Chance client News Group settles latest batch of phone-hacking cases

News Group Newspapers (NGN) has settled the latest of its phone-hacking cases on its first day in court, reinforcing the company’s preference to draw a line under the claims throughout this high-profile litigation. The decision to settle brings one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018 closer to a climax. Settlement fees for the dispute were thought […]

glasgow scotland

TLT seals deal with real estate firm for second Scottish bolt-on

TLT has acquired Glasgow commercial real estate firm Leslie Wolfson to enhance its offering in the Scottish city and add three partners to its more than 200-strong real estate practice. Leslie Wolfson senior partner Howard Beach joins the Bristol-headquartered firm along with partners Andrew McCowan and Donna Strong, while Alan Carlton – Leslie Wolfson’s fourth […]

Jenner & Block partner Paul Feldberg

K&L Gates white collar duo reunite at Jenner & Block

Building on its key hire of K&L Gates white-collar partner Christine Braamskamp earlier this year, Jenner & Block has taken its second partner from the US firm in a bid to build out in the City. Jenner & Block has hired London-based partner Paul Feldberg into Braamskamp’s team. Feldberg spent less than a year at K&L […]

High Court

Freshfields claims victory over Squires in landmark cartel case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won a landmark cartel claim for industrial client ABB, defending it from the first follow-on damages claim to reach the High Court. Cable operator BritNed was suing for damages worth $180m for ABB’s role in a cable pricing cartel, though Mr Justice Marcus Smith found that ABB did not deliberately overcharge the […]

Google

Mishcon’s Google claim thrown out in £3bn privacy judgment

Pinsent Masons has secured a key victory for Google over Mishcon de Reya after a High Court judgment this morning ended a class action claim against the internet giant. Former executive director of consumer magazine Which? Richard Lloyd had applied to relocate the hearing over Google’s alleged “Safari Workaround” outside of the UK as the tech giant’s […]

High Court

ENRC takes aim at SFO’s Eversheds instruction in latest court plea

Days after the Serious Fraud Office walked away from a potential appeal in the ENRC legal privilege case, the UK Government body has been criticised for repeatedly instructing Eversheds Sutherland on a series of matters. In a recent High Court filing, the ENRC has claimed that a different firm should be appointed to investigate the mining company’s […]

oil field

HSF claims victory in $1bn insurance claim against Zurich

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) client SBM Offshore has settled a long-running claim issued against Zurich Insurance Group, which was thought to be worth up to $1bn. The Dutch-headquartered company secured three partial settlements, finally settling for a total of £390m that includes the final $48.5m which cancelled the projected hearing date of 1 October. SBM […]

sfo

SFO draws line under ENRC case in blow for legal privilege progress

The Serious Fraud Office will not be appealing last month’s judgment in the Court of Appeal, which saw the Hogan Lovells-represented Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation score a decisive victory. An appeal could have seen the case heard in the Supreme Court that would have raised the possibility of the widely-criticised law surrounding legal privilege changed, […]

Jeremy Sandelson, Clifford Chance

Sandelson withdraws from race as Clifford Chance senior partner elections begin

Clifford Chance senior partner elections have kicked off to replace incumbent Malcolm Sweeting, who has come to the end of his second term with a prominent candidate already dropping out. Former head of litigation Jeremy Sandelson has stepped out of the running, leaving Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli, former London managing partner David Bickerton, capital […]

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