Maria Ward-Brennan

Maria joined The Lawyer in November 2021 as a reporter. She primarily covers litigation and the Bar. She tweets @TheLawyerMaria


City firms line up to defend fresh claims over car emissions

A swathe of claims, brought by Leigh Day and Pogust Goodhead, is piling up against prominent car manufacturers and authorised English dealerships as the fallout over the “dieselgate” emissions scandal continues. In the past week, Leigh Day and Pogust Goodhead have filed 22 claims against brands including BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Volvo […]


In court this week: NHS trust seeks £95m in damages

Northumbria NHS trust seeks over £95m in damages for defective hospital Kicking off the week is Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s case against a contractor, which concerns an emergency care hospital facing demolition after being deemed defective. Addleshaw Goddard filed the claim on the trust’s behalf, which is seeking over £95m in damages and compensation. […]

Dominic Raab

Fountain Court silk to investigate Raab complaints

Fountain Court silk Adam Tolley KC has been appointed to investigate conduct complaints made against the deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab MP. The UK Government has tasked Tolley KC to investigate two formal complaints against Raab made on 15 November. These two complaints refer to Raab’s stint as foreign […]

National Lottery

Osborne Clarke issues fresh claim over National Lottery licence

The dispute over the next UK National Lottery’s licence lingers on as International Game Technology (IGT) files a new claim against the Gambling Commission and Allwyn. IGT along with five of its subsidiaries has filed a procurement claim. The dispute over the UK next National Lottery licence has been ongoing all year. The Camelot Group is […]

DWF Manchester

DWF drops advocacy brand in favour of “chambers” title

DWF has changed the name of its advocacy division to DWF Chambers, as it attempts to present its offering to clients as an alternative to the traditional Bar. Partner Stephen Pritchett, who was appointed head of DWF Chambers in 2020, is leading the rebrand. The Lawyer understands that the change has been spurred on by […]

Extinction Rebellion targets Eversheds over HS2 work

Extinction Rebellion and its affiliated groups have targeted Eversheds Sutherland’s London office, as part of action against 13 corporates in the City. The HS2 Rebellion group has been protesting at the firm’s Wood Street office over its work with HS2 and Esso. The organisation has said that the businesses targeted “have links to the fossil […]


In court this week: Apple and ENRC

Competition claim against Apple set for CMC The £768m case against Apple over allegations it is abusing its market dominance is set for a CMC on Tuesday at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Boutique litigation firm Charles Lyndon filed the collective proceeding which alleges that Apple misled at least 26 million UK iPhone customers with […]


Sports boutique closes as founding duo depart

After six years as a boutique acting in top-level sports disputes, Solesbury Gay has decided to close after a change in career for its founders. The firm was founded by Tom Solesbury and Mark Gay back in 2016 to work on sports and employment law. The firm acted for several high-profile clients, including racing driver Sam […]


Our Verdict: High Court rejects appeal for struck-off solicitor; and councils struggle to block asylum seekers residing in local hotels

It’s been a big week for local councils, regulators and the police as three heavy judgments rolled in. Two local councils’ in-house legal teams failed to extend interim injunctions that blocked the accommodation of asylum seekers in local hotels last Friday. The spotlight shone on the Met Police as the decisions made in a police […]