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 […]
Stephenson Harwood has changed its legal team in a weapons dispute dating back to the 1970s, after dropping 3VB and Essex Court for Blackstone and Brick Court. The case, which is currently in the Court of Appeal, is a dispute between the Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MODSAF) and a former arms supplier owned by the UK Ministry of Defence (International Military Services). In the High Court proceedings last summer, Stephenson […]
It is an extremely busy week in the courts as a number of big-ticket trials kick off in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is on hand to defend IBM UK as an insurer sues the technology company for alleged unlawful termination following IBM’s decision to terminate its 10-year IT implementation and services contract. CIS General Insurance, instructing Addleshaw Goddard, is seeking to recover almost £128m in wasted costs after IBM took […]
One of the most experienced clerks at the Bar has found himself a new home, with XXIV Old Buildings securing Ian Moyler’s services as its new chambers director. Moyler previously spent 31 years at Brick Court Chambers, leaving the set at the end of August 2018. He has since spent over 12 months working in the world of consultancy, although the lure of re-joining the Bar has proven too hard to resist. Moyler will officially begin his new role at […]
A £1bn class action against five banks over rigged forex trade has been given the go-ahead after a judge ruled a timetable that will see the banks attend a series of hearing over the next year. In a hearing on November 6 in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), the schedule of hearings has been confirmed, with four hearings set to take place between February 2020 and January 2021. Scott + Scott partner David Scott filed the claim in the CAT […]
The courts have a busy week lined up as White & Case brings a dispute between an Indian mogul and Chinese banks; Axa brings a claim against Genworth; and England’s first data privacy case hits the court.
Sidley Austin and Addleshaw Goddard are set to go head-to-head in the Commercial Court this week, as US cybersecurity firm McAfee brings a claim against Dixons Carphone. The Lawyer reported in August that the anti-virus software developer has issued a High Court claim against the retailer, alleging that Dixons Carphone failed to market McAfee products exclusively, instead of promoting rival products. McAfee claims the two parties reached an agreement in 2017 and that Dixons Carphone has failed to honour those […]
Extinction Rebellion has been out in force this week, with members of the legal profession lending their support to the cause. This is what Brick Court’s Richard Lord QC had to say at the gathering outside the Royal Courts of Justice. We are standing in a place steeped in legal history, where for centuries notions of justice have not only been debated but wrought and shaped on the hard anvil of the common law. So I like to think that […]
Scores of barristers have been instructed on two separate disputes over forex rigging, filed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and US-litigation boutique Scott + Scott. In July, The Lawyer reported that Quinn partner Boris Bronfentrinker had filed a High Court claim on behalf of Allianz Asset Management and over a hundred companies and subsidiaries, alleging market manipulation against a series of banks. Scott + Scott partner David Scott then filed a separate claim in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on behalf […]