Disputes

Richard III

Shakespeares’ client wins first step of Richard III film defamation suit

A defamation claim brought by a Shakespeare Martineau client against Wiggin-repped Steve Coogan and film studios Pathé and Baby Cow productions has succeeded in its preliminary trial over Coogan’s Richard III film, The Lost King. Judge Lewis handed down judgment today (14 June), ruling on what, under common law, “a hypothetical reasonable viewer” would understand […]

EasyJet

‘We need specialists’: EasyJet boss hits out at judges after trademark defeat

EasyGroup founder and chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called out chancery judges in a statement released today (13 June) after Justice Bacon ruled against the company in a claim brought against cosmetics company Beauty Perfectionists in the High Court. He has already stated his intention to appeal the ruling. Haji-Ioannou said: “We have found that there […]

Macfarlanes

HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Post Office

Addleshaws raises sub-postmasters’ ire for work on redress scheme

Multiple firms have been involved in some way in the Post Office scandal, acting either for the company itself, the claimants or the UK Government. With the treatment of hundreds of sub-postmasters recognised as one of the UK’s greatest miscarriages of justice, any work tied to the scandal has the potential to become controversial. This […]

Argentina peso

Victory for Quinn as Argentina loses €1.3bn appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Republic of Argentina over a €1.3bn payment sought by a group of bondholders, which bailed the country out in 2005. The matter featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2022. An appeal was launched by Argentina, represented by Sullivan & Cromwell, which intended […]

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Post Office hit with new disclosure claim from SRA

Yesterday (11 June) the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s investigation into the Post Office took a new turn as it filed a part 8 claim before the Business List of the High Court. The Lawyer understands the filing is an application for a section 44BB order from the Court, which orders an entity not regulated by the […]

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The Hearing: It’s awards season in Singapore upon Thames

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK’s litigation market. After London International Disputes Week concluded on Friday, normal service has resumed for the UK’s litigators – and what a busy week it is. Not only is the first section 90A FSMA case finally coming to trial in what could be a […]

Shell oil

Claim Spotter: Cantor Fitzgerald and Shell in fresh disputes

Cantor takes on digital consultants Trianz US financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald launched a new dispute in the London Circuit Commercial Court last week, targeting software and services company Trianz digital with a part 7 ‘general commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim. A part 7 claim seeks monetary damages from the defendant. The nature of Cantor’s […]

HSF settles lawsuit brought by ex-KPMG partner

Herbert Smith Freehills has settled a lawsuit that was set to go to trial tomorrow (11 June) for 10 days, brought by the former head of restructuring at KPMG Singapore. Claimant Graham Martin filed the case in April 2022, alleging that a HSF partner employed by Martin in 2017 told KPMG about his debts without […]

Recruiters depart Bar search firm to launch rival agency

A group of recruiters have departed from Chambers recruitment agency ABC Chambers Solutions, leaving the company with two dedicated recruiters. ABC was launched in 2012 by former clerk Bill Conner and is one of the few central recruitment agencies in the market for Chambers staff and barristers, alongside GRL Legal and Chambers People. The Lawyer […]

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Pogust Goodhead accounts overdue by two months

Specialist class action firm Pogust Goodhead is late to file its accounts, but has said it is “in contact” with Companies House and that the “matter will be resolved shortly.” The firm is known for securing a settlement in the 2022 Volkswagen emissions group litigation as well as taking 14 car manufacturers to court over […]

One Essex Court silks to take hot seat at Post Office Inquiry

Lord Grabiner KC, the former head of One Essex Court (OEC), and colleague Anthony de Garr Robinson KC are set to be quizzed in the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry tomorrow. The two barristers, both long-time legal heavyweights, were instructed by Womble Bond Dickinson to defend the Post Office in the High Court group litigation […]

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Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]

Stranded planes

$300m Ukrainian aircraft claim thrown out by Commercial Court

As the mammoth Russian aircraft claim make its way to trial in October, a similar case involving jets stranded in Ukraine has been struck out. The smaller Ukrainian aircraft claim has been stayed by the Commercial Court in a judgment handed down today. Aircraft lessor claimants represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, Hausfeld and McGuireWoods have […]