Amar Mehta

Amar Mehta reported on Litigation Tracker news from March 2019 to March 2021.

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HFW promotes four City lawyers to partnership

HFW has promoted six associates to its partnership, including four in its City office. The promotions will be coming into effect at the start of the financial year, on 1 April. They are spread across three offices, including London, Kuwait and Sydney, and span four of the firm’s industry groups. The four London partners include […]

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Addleshaws prevails for HS2 in procurement spat

The High Court has ruled in favour of Addleshaw Goddard and HS2 in a dispute over the procurement process of a construction contract. Bechtel, instructing Hogan Lovells, alleged that HS2 accepted an abnormally low bid when it awarded a contract to BBVS joint venture and sought £100m in damages. BBVS is a joint venture between […]

The five biggest moves at the Bar in February

After a quiet January, chambers have accelerated their recruitment drives for 2021. Last month, several barristers moved chambers, including a shift away from private practice to the Bar for one barrister. Here are the five biggest moves in February: Daniel Kalderimis (Call: 1999 New Zealand), Twenty Essex In February, Twenty Essex hired Andrew Ayres QC […]

DAC Beachcroft accelerates advocacy growth with over 20 new recruits

DAC Beachcroft is targeting further growth in its recently-established advocacy service, after the firm hired two barristers from DWF in January 2021. At the start of the year, DACB set up an in-house advocacy unit, hiring Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi as partners in DACB’s claims solutions group, tasked with overseeing the new advocacy unit. […]

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Tribunal dismisses claims against Twenty Essex QC

Twenty Essex silk Stephen Atherton QC has been cleared of claims brought against him by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), including accusations that he misled the court during a 2011 case. Following Monday’s hearing, that contained submissions from counsel for both the BSB and Atherton, the Bar’s disciplinary tribunal has since ruled that Atherton did […]

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DWF shutters three offices in Australia

DWF has closed three offices in Australia, with 85 members of staff and 14 principal lawyers leaving the firm. The firm’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle will close, while the Brisbane office and its connected services operations in Sydney and Melbourne remain operational. Damien van Brunschot will continue to lead DWF’s business Down Under […]

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Newcastle United fails to dismiss Blackstone QC from arbitration panel

Newcastle United (NUFC) has been unsuccessful in its bid to have Blackstone’s Michael Beloff QC dismissed as an arbitrator in the club’s dispute with the Premier League. NUFC, which is owned by Mike Ashley, is currently engaged in arbitration proceedings with the Premier League over the failed takeover of the club. The club brought the […]

Barrister of the week: One Essex Court’s Kenneth MacLean QC

Alongside a stellar cast list including barristers from Brick Court, 3VB and Fountain Court, One Essex Court’s Kenneth MacLean QC (Call: 1985 Silk 2002) obtained a positive judgment for his client Alexander Yaroslavsky in a dispute that has been rumbling on since 2016. The case was brought by oil giant PSJC Tatneft, against four Ukrainian […]

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Ex-Home Office chief settles unfair dismissal claim

Sir Philip Rutnam has settled his claim with the UK Government, which was set to be heard in the Employment Tribunal in September. The former permanent secretary of the Home Office brought a claim against the department, alleging the Home Secretary Priti Patel of bullying. Rutnam resigned from his post in February 2020, when he […]