Maria Ward-Brennan

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

Ros Prince, Stephenson Harwood

The Litigation Tracker interview: Stephenson Harwood’s disputes chiefs on growth targets

With Stephenson Harwood operating a 50/50 split between disputes and transactional work, the firm’s co-heads of commercial litigation play a pivotal role in driving the firm towards its strategic goals. Ros Prince, who oversees Stephenson Harwood’s more generalist litigators in the realms of commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency, asset recovery and tech disputes, took on […]

Claim Spotter: The Ritz takes aim at a Southall salon, while Axiom Ince buys time to elect administrator

Luxury hotels and European designers embroiled in IP wars Bristows and Gowling WLG have been named as the firms going head to head in an IP battle between two European leather goods brands. Belgium luxury leather designer Delvaux Créateur, represented by Bristows, has issued a suit in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court again the […]

A&O partner exits for litigation boutique

A disputes partner has departed Allen & Overy after 18 months, just days after the firm voted to merge with US firm Shearman & Sterling. Andy McGregor is joining Enyo Law having been hired by the magic circle firm in January 2022. Before that he spent over a decade at RPC, where he built expertise in […]

Case closed

Government drops case against Carillion directors days before trial

The litigation to hold former directors of Carillion accountable for the collapse of the construction company has settled just days before its due to appear in court. The case was initially brought against eight former directors but only seven made it to The Lawyer’s top cases of 2023 line-up in January after Zafar Khan, who […]

High Court

Claim Spotter: CMS faces former clients, as DACB defends insurance broker

EU targets convicted fraudster in English High Court The European Union represented by the European Research Executive Agency has filed a lawsuit to the English High Court against a convicted fraudster and his company. The executive agency has instructed boutique firm Bexley Beaumont to file a miscellaneous claim against Wind Technologies Ltd and Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi. Back […]

HSF associate struck off after child sex offences

A former associate of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been struck off the Roll of Solicitors after he was convicted of several child sex offences. The lawyer, whose named was anonymised in a judgment released by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2009. The SDT named him ‘AH’ to […]

Axiom Ince closed after SRA intervenes

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has intervened into the 14 offices across England and Wales belonging to Axiom Ince, following the news that the firm is seeking an administrator. The SRA’s intervention will prohibit the firm from operating. The SRA will take possession of all documents and papers held by the firm and take possession […]

Empty office

Axiom Ince finally collapses

Axiom Ince, which bought troubled firms Ince and Plexus earlier this year, has asked the High Court to appoint administrators. Axiom Ince, previously known as Axiom DWFM, instructed Devonshires Solicitors partner Jim Varley to file a notice of intention to appoint an administrator today. It is understood that the firm had to cease trading as […]