Luke Barr

Luke Vance Barr is a reporter working on Litigation Tracker news and analyses. He joined The Lawyer in August 2019. He tweets @TheLawyerLVB

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King & Spalding loses QC to Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has secured the services of a high-profile silk from private practice, with Stuart Isaacs QC joining the set from King & Spalding. After a five-year stint as a partner in the global disputes team at King & Spalding, the commercial specialist will now resume his practice at the Bar. Isaacs is the second […]

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Ely Place Chambers to close its doors for good after two decades

Ely Place Chambers is to cease operations from the end of July, as the Bar as a whole faces economic upheaval during the coronavirus pandemic. The set will not continue “in its present form” from the summer, at which point some members are expected to move to new homes. Others are “investigating creating a new […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright to revive four-day working week scheme

A decade after adopting the same policy to tackle the consequences of the financial crisis, Norton Rose Fulbright is once again asking employees to work a four-day week to protect jobs. This temporary measure will be enacted for a 12-month period as of 20 April 2020,  with Norton Rose Fulbright becoming the first City outfit […]

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Walker Morris furloughs staff to conserve cash

As the legal industry battles the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Walker Morris is furloughing some members of staff to protect the long-term health of the business. Staff in some “quieter practice areas” will now be part of the government’s job retention scheme. The scheme currently allows organisations to claim back 80 per cent of […]

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DWF secures landmark Supreme Court turnaround for Morrisons

DWF, Blackstone Chambers and 11KBW today pulled off a dramatic victory for Morrisons in the Supreme Court, as it ruled that the supermarket chain was not ‘vicariously liable’ for a mammoth data breach that affected over 100,000 employees. In a judgment handed down by five justices via live stream on Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court unanimously […]

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Humphries Kerstetter cuts charge-out rates for clients

In anticipation of the economic impact that coronavirus will have on clients, Humphries Kerstetter is making the bold move to cut its charge-out rates across the board. Partner rates, which previously ranged between £390 to £450 an hour, will be set at a standard £350 as of April 1 2020. While reductions will apply to […]

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Partner promotions: Pinsents makes up 17 globally

Pinsent Masons has announced a promotions round of 17 this year, making up two individuals from outside of its traditional legal services group for the first time. Head of the firm’s client solutions group, David Halliwell, has been named as a partner, as well as Hayley Boxall in Pinsents’ forensic and accounting services group. It […]

Mills & Reeve triumphs for NHS in scrap over pharma drug

In a decision that could potentially save the NHS up to £500m a year, Mills & Reeve and Landmark Chambers yesterday secured a monumental Court of Appeal victory over Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, duly defeating two big pharma companies in the process. The contentious rematch saw both Bayer and Novartis fail to […]

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Coronavirus: What the courts are doing

With coronavirus restrictions disrupting all aspects of society, it has been a challenging time for everybody – not least the judiciary system. So far, a number of courtrooms have been instructed to hear cases remotely or to adjourn hearings, however, there is no set rule yet applied to all of the UK’s courts. The Employment […]

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Signature partner reunites with HSF colleague for new venture

Signature Litigation partner Simon Bushell is leaving the boutique after three years, having joined in 2017 from Latham & Watkins. Bushell was also at Latham for three years and previously headed the US firm’s London litigation practice. He has set up a new firm called Seladore Legal, alongside Gareth Keillor, a former of counsel at […]

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