Disputes

Quinn gets go-ahead for Mastercard battle with Freshfields

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will go head-to-head next year, as the US firm moves one step closer to bringing the largest class action lawsuit in the UK courts. Lord Justices Patten, Hamblen and Roth have given Quinn the right to challenge the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) refusal to grant the […]

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Freshfields and Quinn in tense wait over future of £14bn Mastercard case

Judges in the Court of Appeal have adjourned a hearing in the £14bn consumer claim against Mastercard, meaning Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan may have to wait until next year to learn whether or not the case will proceed. The decision to adjourn was taken last week, with Lord Justice Patten understood to have […]

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SFO drops “no-show” claim against CEO of ENRC parent company

In a further development to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into the ENRC, the government body has withdrawn its case against the parent company’s chief executive, nearly four months after issuing a warrant for his arrest. The CEO of the Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka, had been called for questioning in July in line with the […]

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Dentons to face scrutiny from SDT as discrimination row escalates

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to refer Dentons to the legal industry’s disciplinary tribunal after the firm was taken to court over the “unfair dismissal” of a member of staff on maternity leave. An investigation into the firm was carried out by the SRA, which concluded that the treatment of Bina Hale, a former recruitment […]

Quinn strikes decisive victory in ongoing Banco Popular battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured a key judgment in its battle for one of a number of clients suing Banco Popular for loss of shares when the distressed lender was sold to Santander for just £1 in May 2017. The US firm is representing a handful of organisations that lost money with the […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

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Quinn and Boies go head to head in Apple’s antitrust battle

Boies Schiller & Flexner has won a key victory for tech giant Apple in its antitrust case against Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan-represented computer chip manufacturer Qualcomm, which means the case can now be heard in an English court. In a High Court judgment handed down on Monday, Mr Justice Morgan ruled that he saw […]

High Court

Tchenguiz costs rise to £24m after withdrawing ‘failed’ claim

The withdrawal of Robert Tchenguiz’s accusations against the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and a number of other businesses will cost the property mogul nearly £24m as a result of a High Court judgment passed down yesterday. Mr Justice Robin Knowles ordered Tchenguiz to pay £11.2m to Travers Smith client Jóhannes Jóhannsson of the collapsed Icelandic bank […]

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Clifford Chance client News Group settles latest batch of phone-hacking cases

News Group Newspapers (NGN) has settled the latest of its phone-hacking cases on its first day in court, reinforcing the company’s preference to draw a line under the claims throughout this high-profile litigation. The decision to settle brings one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018 closer to a climax. Settlement fees for the dispute were thought […]

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K&L Gates white collar duo reunite at Jenner & Block

Building on its key hire of K&L Gates white-collar partner Christine Braamskamp earlier this year, Jenner & Block has taken its second partner from the US firm in a bid to build out in the City. Jenner & Block has hired London-based partner Paul Feldberg into Braamskamp’s team. Feldberg spent less than a year at K&L […]

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Lawyers’ efforts in vain as Tchenguiz abandons Grant Thornton battle

Property mogul Robert Tchenguiz has walked away from his lawsuit against accountancy firm Grant Thornton, three months after completely overhauling his legal line-up. Tchenguiz argued he was owed £1.6bn following the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing and later alleged that Grant Thornton conspired to have the Serious Fraud Office investigate him to prevent him from […]

High Court

SFO and ENRC come to blows in latest court disagreement

A week after the SFO said it would not appeal the ENRC’s victory in a landmark legal privilege battle, the UK Government agency is continuing to spar with the mining company in a separate fight over how well it conducted its investigations.  The legal privilege battle was one of the most high-profile disputes to hit […]

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Freshfields claims victory over Squires in landmark cartel case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won a landmark cartel claim for industrial client ABB, defending it from the first follow-on damages claim to reach the High Court. Cable operator BritNed was suing for damages worth $180m for ABB’s role in a cable pricing cartel, though Mr Justice Marcus Smith found that ABB did not deliberately overcharge the […]

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Mishcon’s Google claim thrown out in £3bn privacy judgment

Pinsent Masons has secured a key victory for Google over Mishcon de Reya after a High Court judgment this morning ended a class action claim against the internet giant. Former executive director of consumer magazine Which? Richard Lloyd had applied to relocate the hearing over Google’s alleged “Safari Workaround” outside of the UK as the tech giant’s […]

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ENRC takes aim at SFO’s Eversheds instruction in latest court plea

Days after the Serious Fraud Office walked away from a potential appeal in the ENRC legal privilege case, the UK Government body has been criticised for repeatedly instructing Eversheds Sutherland on a series of matters. In a recent High Court filing, the ENRC has claimed that a different firm should be appointed to investigate the mining company’s […]

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HSF claims victory in $1bn insurance claim against Zurich

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) client SBM Offshore has settled a long-running claim issued against Zurich Insurance Group, which was thought to be worth up to $1bn. The Dutch-headquartered company secured three partial settlements, finally settling for a total of £390m that includes the final $48.5m which cancelled the projected hearing date of 1 October. SBM […]

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SFO draws line under ENRC case in blow for legal privilege progress

The Serious Fraud Office will not be appealing last month’s judgment in the Court of Appeal, which saw the Hogan Lovells-represented Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation score a decisive victory. An appeal could have seen the case heard in the Supreme Court that would have raised the possibility of the widely-criticised law surrounding legal privilege changed, […]

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SFO shakeups begin with first reshuffle of Osofsky’s reign

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced a major shakeup of its management team in director Lisa Osofsky’s first significant changes since taking over from David Green QC. Two new roles have been created at the SFO and it is now recruiting for a head of intelligence – who will be focused largely on reinvigorating […]

Dechert emerges as challenger for Quinn’s PrivatBank claim in Ukraine

Dechert is working for a number of bondholder clients in multiple disputes involving one of Ukraine’s biggest financial institutions, PrivatBank. The firm is acting on a pair of arbitration cases in the London Court of International Arbitration valued at a combined $375m with the primary client – institutional investor Madison Pacific – disputing against the […]

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Pinsents acting as pressure mounts on Deloitte over Scottish role

As part of the ongoing dispute that sees Addleshaw Goddard caught up in the insolvency of a string of family-owned caravan parks, Pinsent Masons has been called on to defend big four accountancy firm Deloitte from a professional negligence claim for advice it gave during that same insolvency. In May, The Lawyer reported that City-based Pinsents partners […]

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Blow for Macfarlanes’ client over oligarch’s $350m freezing order

A Russian billionaire being sued by a former business partner has failed in his attempts to not have the details of a worldwide freezing order (WFO) on assets worth up to $350m disclosed to the claimant in a recent High Court judgment. Fishing magnate Vitaly Orlov, advised by Macfarlanes head of fraud James Popperwell, is […]

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Sberbank swaps South Square silk for “£300,000” Brick Court QC

The Russian bank Sberbank has opted to swap South Square’s Barry Issacs QC and Alexander Riddiford for Brick Court super silk Mark Howard QC and junior Laura Newton for its Court of Appeal hearing in October. Howard and Newton will now be instructed by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner Justin Michaelson for the […]

Quinn and Norton Rose face off in Ukraine-Russia bond battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured victory for Ukraine in a long-running stand-off between the nation and Russia over the terms of a $3bn bond. The case was heard in the Court of Appeal last week, with the decision overturning a previous one made by the now-retired Mr Justice Blair – brother of former Prime […]

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