Gabriel Kennedy

Richard III

Shakespeares’ client wins first step of Richard III film defamation suit

A defamation claim brought by a Shakespeare Martineau client against Wiggin-repped Steve Coogan and film studios Pathé and Baby Cow productions has succeeded in its preliminary trial over Coogan’s Richard III film, The Lost King. Judge Lewis handed down judgment today (14 June), ruling on what, under common law, “a hypothetical reasonable viewer” would understand […]

EasyJet

‘We need specialists’: EasyJet boss hits out at judges after trademark defeat

EasyGroup founder and chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called out chancery judges in a statement released today (13 June) after Justice Bacon ruled against the company in a claim brought against cosmetics company Beauty Perfectionists in the High Court. He has already stated his intention to appeal the ruling. Haji-Ioannou said: “We have found that there […]

Post Office

Addleshaws raises sub-postmasters’ ire for work on redress scheme

Multiple firms have been involved in some way in the Post Office scandal, acting either for the company itself, the claimants or the UK Government. With the treatment of hundreds of sub-postmasters recognised as one of the UK’s greatest miscarriages of justice, any work tied to the scandal has the potential to become controversial. This […]

Argentina peso

Victory for Quinn as Argentina loses €1.3bn appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Republic of Argentina over a €1.3bn payment sought by a group of bondholders, which bailed the country out in 2005. The matter featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2022. An appeal was launched by Argentina, represented by Sullivan & Cromwell, which intended […]

document assess inquiry

Post Office hit with new disclosure claim from SRA

Yesterday (11 June) the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s investigation into the Post Office took a new turn as it filed a part 8 claim before the Business List of the High Court. The Lawyer understands the filing is an application for a section 44BB order from the Court, which orders an entity not regulated by the […]

Shell oil

Claim Spotter: Cantor Fitzgerald and Shell in fresh disputes

Cantor takes on digital consultants Trianz US financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald launched a new dispute in the London Circuit Commercial Court last week, targeting software and services company Trianz digital with a part 7 ‘general commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim. A part 7 claim seeks monetary damages from the defendant. The nature of Cantor’s […]

Manchester City

In court this week: Manchester City, Serco and HSF

Manchester City goes to war with the Premier League Manchester City’s two week case against the Premier League is set to kick off today in London. The four-in-a-row champions launched arbitral proceedings against the governing body back in February, challenging the League’s own rules. Manchester City has long been battling the League over various matters […]

Stranded planes

$300m Ukrainian aircraft claim thrown out by Commercial Court

As the mammoth Russian aircraft claim make its way to trial in October, a similar case involving jets stranded in Ukraine has been struck out. The smaller Ukrainian aircraft claim has been stayed by the Commercial Court in a judgment handed down today. Aircraft lessor claimants represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, Hausfeld and McGuireWoods have […]

Claim Spotter: Investment platform takes on Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood in new dispute with alternative investment platform Stephenson Harwood is at the receiving end of a fresh dispute brought by alternative investment platform Yieldstreet, filed on 31 May in the Commercial Court. Yieldstreet has instructed HFW to bring a part 7 ‘General commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim on its behalf. A part 7 […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Ex-Freshfields partner referred to SDT over “inappropriate” conduct

An ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) regarding allegations of “inappropriate and unwanted” conduct. Nick Williams is the ex-partner in question. He was made up as a partner as part of the disputes and investigations team in March 2017, but left Freshfields two years later following the outcome […]

DAF Trucks

In court this week: PwC, Trucks and VietJet

British American Tobacco takes on PwC over negligence row British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary BTI is taking on Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) this week for a 39-day trial beginning tomorrow (4 June). The next eight weeks will see Hogan Lovells represent BTI as it goes head-to-head with Reed Smith for PwC in the Financial […]

Financial Times

Crispin Odey launches defamation claim against FT

A claim has been issued against the Financial Times by Crispin Odey, nearly a year after the newspaper’s investigation into the hedge fund manager was published. In June 2023 the FT published an investigation with allegations of sexual harassment or assault from 13 women who had worked for his firm, Odey Asset Management. Odey yesterday […]