Christian Smith

RFU legal chief Angus Bujalski on risk in rugby

It’s been a busy season for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body of English rugby: from head injury claims and Eddie Jones’s sacking, to club administrations and controversy over the game’s disciplinary process, the media has eaten up a parade of stories at the heart of the game. Whether you’re a rugby expert […]

stock market

The Hearing: Firms rush to join LME nickel trade dispute; and how’s your opening argument?

In this week’s edition, we look at Kingsley Napley’s daring move to enter the London IP disputes market. Plus, we discuss how your opposing counsel’s emotional opening salvo in their skeleton argument isn’t really written for you. But first, let’s look at the latest litigation updates on the London Metal Exchange’s (LME) dramatic suspension of […]


The Lawyer Podcast: Cravath’s $4m man; NQs’ litigation problem; and why Zuckerberg’s win spells trouble for class actions

The new episode of The Lawyer Podcast has just dropped! On this episode, editor Catrin Griffiths and deputy editor (City) Rachel Moloney bring you all the drama from Cravath’s raid on Shearman & Sterling’s leverage finance team. Meanwhile litigation editor Christian Smith quizzes deputy editor (UK) Richard Simmons and in-house reporter Lucie Cruz on how […]

Stranded planes

The Hearing: The CAT is pushing back; and call HSF if you want justice for your stranded jets

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. Following last week’s first anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine, we consider how the landscape has changed for Russian litigation in London. First though, a judgment from the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) last week has provided a rare example of […]

Legal Tech

The Hearing: Blockchain, crypto and political parties are not liable for harassing their members

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing. You better buckle up because this week we’re talking blockchain, crypto and digital securities. To ease you in, first we’ve got members’ claims against their political parties. Specifically, about how a point in the Equality Act is causing serious concern among lawyers working in […]

Manchester City

The Lawyer Podcast: Lord Pannick’s fees are chickenfeed; Mishcon’s big signing (not Matt Hancock); and Ukraine, a year on

The new episode of The Lawyer Podcast is out now! On this episode, litigation editor Christian Smith and international editor Alex Taylor discuss Man City’s new signing: Lord Pannick KC, and how big money means lawyers are the new stars of football. The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths talks about an emerging trend of former managing […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

The Hearing: The SRA warns against abusive litigation; and the pace has finally picked up in the insolvency court

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the litigation market. In this week’s edition, the Insolvency and Companies Court is back, and ClientEarth fires the starting gun on a developing area of litigation. But first, the SRA tells solicitors: “Hey! Stop it.” A shot across the bow: Aggressive litigation […]

Mat Swallow, Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers appoints new director

Magic circle set Blackstone Chambers has elected Mat Swallow as its new chambers director, after stalwart Julia Hornor announced she will retire in May. Swallow, who has served as deputy chambers director, will take over in the spring following an uncontested vote in late January. He joined the set’s management team 14 years ago and […]


Exclusive: Bill Browder slams Macfarlanes on VTB Europe mandate

Welcome to the latest edition of The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the litigation market. This week, we focus on what some might see as a controversial move, Macfarlanes is acting on one of the biggest cases of the year… Macfarlanes gets into bed with VTB Europe, but have the sands shifted?: As many […]

Manchester City

Magic circle firm joins Pannick in Man City starting XI

Clifford Chance has confirmed it will defend Manchester City FC in the case launched by the Premier League on Monday. The magic circle firm, which acted for the club in its Court of Appeal case against the Premier League in 2021, is understood to have previously acted for Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and World Rugby. The […]