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Brick Court and 4 Pump Court have signed a charter aiming to address inequality in the City, joining the likes of Herbert Smith Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy, KPMG and PwC. The chambers are the first sets to sign the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and Professions, which is the brainchild of Harry Matovu QC of Brick Court. For several years now, there has been an increasing focus among the legal profession to ramp up its diversity […]
Maughan, R (on the application of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire  UKSC 46 (13 November 2020) The Supreme Court favoured the respondent, Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner of Oxfordshire, against the appellant, James Maughan, in a landmark ruling which held that the standard of proof that applies in Coroner’s Inquests is the balance of probabilities, regardless of the particular conclusion, or what form it takes. This appeal arises from the tragic death of James Maughan on 11 July […]
The Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors  EWHC 2979 (Comm) (06 November 2020) Mr Justice Henshaw declared defendants Mr Fahad Maziad Rajaan Al Rajaan and 37 others victorious against claimant The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in claims alleging “unlawful corrupt payments received by Mr Al Rajaan and his associates” by the defendants relying on a jurisdiction ground. The alleged corruption is said to have occurred between 1994 and 2014 of its former Director […]
This week saw the launch of the Charter for Black Talent in Finance and the Professions, an initiative devised by Brick Court’s Harry Matovu QC.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation & Anor v Archos SA & Ors  EWHC 2641 (Pat) (09 October 2020) Sir Alistair Norris at the Patents Court partially favoured claimants Mitsubishi and Sisivel International SA against defendants Archos and others in a litigation concerning standard essential patents (SEPs) in the field of mobile telecommunications. Mitsubishi is the proprietor of two out of three SEPs with which the case is concerned. Sisivel is the proprietor of the third SEP and it administers all three. […]
The High Court last week announced the appointment of seven justices, with appointments coming into effect from the start of October.
As the courts slowly reopen their doors, it’s not just Hollywood that is taking the limelight – with several mammoth cases kicking off this week. The most eye-catching dispute concerns Apache North Sea. Addleshaw Goddard and Clyde & Co face off this week, with Clydes client – Apache North Sea – bringing a dispute against a pipeline operator. Apache has accused Ineos of changing the terms of a contract it had with the former owner of Forties. Apache, which is […]
On Friday 3 July a judicial review kicks-off against the UK Government. British Airways, EasyJet Airways and RyanAir are all pursuing a legal challenge against the Government’s 14-day quarantine plan. The airlines, instructing Linklaters and Blackstone, sent a pre-action letter at the start of June and officially commenced High Court proceedings. The airlines argue that the government’s “ineffective” quarantine policy will have a devastating effect on the tourism industry, potentially leading to thousands of job cuts. The policy came into […]
After a short break for Easter, barristers are back in court with some blockbuster cases taking place this week. All the trials are scheduled to be conducted virtually. In the commercial court, the Federal Republic of Nigeria is suing JP Morgan for over $1bn held in a depository account by the bank and paid out to a fraudulent and corrupt scheme to sell the rights to a Nigerian oil block to a Shell/ENI consortium in 2011. The scheme consisted of […]
This week, Leigh Day is bringing a claim on behalf of 15 Colombian claimants, who are seeking £127,500 in compensation for environmental damage they believe was caused by Amerisur Resources.
Two junior barristers have joined Brick Court Chambers, including a tenant of Fountain Court. James McClelland has made the move over to Brick Court from rival magic circle set Fountain Court alongside Sarah Bousfield, who joins from 39 Essex Court. Both will bring their existing caseload over with them, including Uber’s high-profile appeal against Transport for London on which McClelland is acting alongside Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC and Cornerstone’s Ranjit Bhose QC. The trio are acting for Uber, with […]
The Supreme Court will hear a rolled-up test case this week into whether residential care workers who ‘sleep in’ are entitled to the national minimum wage for time not spent performing some specific work-related activity. Claire Tomlinson-Blake is a support worker who has been employed by the Royal Mencap Society since 2004. Her usual work pattern involved a day shift and morning shift, for which she received the appropriate salaried remuneration. She was also required to carry out a sleep-in […]
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