Disputes

Brexit

Landmark and Essex Court’s Brexit challenge quashed in High Court

One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases for 2018  has ended before going to trial as Geldards, Landmark Chambers and Essex Court failed to secure permission for a judicial review into the Brexit referendum. The claimants had hoped to bring a firm challenge but Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Green threw out the claim describing it […]

ENRC

SFO blasted for “unhealthy relationship” with Dechert after ENRC “leak”

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been targeted with new legal action from the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in a dramatic development to the most important legal privilege case of the decade. The ENRC has decided to extend its claim against former adviser Dechert to include the Government body, demanding the SFO explain its conduct after […]

Supreme Court

Mishcon felled by four-lawyer firm in landmark Pimlico Plumbers case

In a David and Goliath battle, Mishcon de Reya client Pimlico Plumbers has lost its final appeal against a former employee in a long-running feud over workers’ rights. The five judges unanimously agreed that claimant Gary Smith was a Pimlico Plumbers employee during his time working for the company and not, as Pimlico Plumbers was […]

HSBC

A&O advises as HSBC prepares for ring-fencing reform

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised HSBC in its application to become the third major financial institution to join the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) ring-fencing scheme. The bank – which is thought to list all of the magic circle firms on its panel – had its approval granted on 21 […]

pills drugs pharmaceutical pharmaceuticals pharma medicine

Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes win appeal over £90m Pfizer fine

Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes have struck a major blow against the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after winning an appeal against the £90m fine imposed on their clients in a “price-gouging” pharmaceuticals case. The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has provisionally ruled in favour of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its British manufacturing partner Flynn Pharma – represented […]

Derry

Debevoise and Blackstone lead as NI abortion plea is rejected

Debevoise & Plimpton and Leigh Day were among a raft of firms acting on one of the year’s most high-profile human rights cases as the Supreme Court denied an application to review Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. A total of 10 firms and five chambers played their part, advising intervening parties in the dispute brought by […]

Amazon

Amazon calls in panel firm ahead of drivers rights dispute

GMB has turned to its regular adviser, Leigh Day, in a dispute against Amazon and a trio of its delivery firms, describing their self-employment rules for drivers as “bogus”. The union said that drivers from the three companies were legally employees and has alleged that the three were denied access to national minimum wage and […]

ENRC

Exclusive: ENRC launches claim against Dechert for professional negligence

In the latest development in the most important legal privilege case of the decade, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) has served its former adviser Dechert with a professional negligence claim. The Lawyer understands the claim, which has this week come into the public domain, comes after an investigation and private dispute between the two revealed the US firm charged […]

UAE

Weil Gotshal secures settlement in $700m energy dispute

Weil Gotshal & Manges has secured a settlement for the sukuk certificate holders of Middle Eastern energy provider Dana Gas in a $700m dispute over a structured Islamic finance arrangement. The firm advised the ad-hoc committee of sukuk holders (AHC) – equivalent to lenders for this type of Islamic debt which included BlackRock and Goldman Sachs […]

Uber

Uber dealt High Court blow as TfL licence battle looms

Uber has suffered a setback in the High Court ahead of its widely anticipated licensing battle this summer, after a successful appeal by Transport for London (TfL). The TfL victory means the taxi app may have to establish a “voice contact facility” for customers to voice their complaints or concerns. Mr Justice Mitting had originally […]

sydney

Litigation funding war: Australia class action could signal UK trend

Last week, an Australian judgment picked Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s sparring partner in the upcoming class action against embattled startup GetSwift. GetSwift, a fast-growing software startup under fire over allegations of misstated profits and accounts, called on Sydney-based Quinn partner Michelle Fox to represent it during these proceedings. Unusually, it was the choice of […]

High Court

Addleshaws calls on Clydes to defend professional negligence claim

Addleshaw Goddard has called on Clyde & Co to defend the firm over advice given to big four accountancy firm Deloitte by its Scottish arm, legacy HBJ Gateley, before its 2017 merger. Deloitte was originally drafted in during the collapse of a caravan park business owned by the now-defunct Scottish business Arthur Holgate & Son, […]

oil

US firms on call to advise after new SFO Unaoil charges

Brown Rudnick and White & Case have been drafted in to defend new charges brought against two key figures in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)’s Unaoil investigation. Unaoil Iraq partner Basil Al Jarah and Unaoil Iraq territory manager Ziad Akle have both been charged with conspiracy over alleged corrupt payments in order to secure a […]

money finance

Former Locke Lord partner struck off for “flagrant breach of trust”

A former Locke Lord partner has been struck off and ordered to pay a £70,000 fine for breaching rules set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), causing “immeasurable” harm to the profession’s reputation. Jonathan Denton left the firm in 2015 and his actions saw his former firm struck with a record £500,000 fine from the Solicitors […]

barclays

Crown Court dismisses SFO charges against Barclays

The Serious Fraud Office charges relating to Barclays’ 2008 capital raising have been dismissed by the Crown Court today (21 May). The SFO is likely to reapply to bring the charges in front of the High Court in the hope the proceedings will recommence through an “indictment of the same charges”. The initial charges against […]

lloyds

Raft of chambers on call as Lloyds HBOS inquiry faces delays

The findings of Dame Linda Dobbs’ independent inquiry into Lloyds Banking Group’s handling of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) scandal have been delayed to 2019 owing to the vast amounts of documents to be reviewed. The bank appointed the former High Court judge to consider whether an investigation into the eight-year period from Lloyds’ […]

tobacco

CMA wins in appeal against Slaughters and Blackstone clients

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has won its Supreme Court appeal against a decision that saw its actions branded as “unfair” against Slaughter and May and Blackstone Chambers’ client Gallaher Group and its supplier the Co-operative Group. A unanimous decision by Lords Mance, Sumption, Carnwath, Hodge and Briggs allowed the CMA’s appeal to stand, […]

news group

News Group hacking cases near end as fees continue to soar

The final 30 cases in the long-running News Group Newspapers (NGN) phone-hacking scandal are scheduled to go to trial this October, with the company thought to have already shelled out up to £10m in settlement fees. With the vast majority of cases brought against NGN settling before trial, sources have suggested that it will continue […]

shipping

Hildyard J rules in favour of Russian bank in protracted Arkhanglesky case

The High Court has ruled that Russian shipping magnate Vitaly Arkhangelsky is liable for a series of debt guarantees and dismissed his counterclaim in the final development in the long-running case. Mr Justice Hildyard judgment on the case – which featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2014 and 2016 –  was handed down last week. Arkhangelsky originally […]

Sydney

Quinn leads for shareholders in $2bn dispute against Australian bank

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is acting for the shareholders of one of Australia’s largest banks in a claim that could total roughly AUD$2bn, making it one of the nation’s largest ever banking shareholder claims. AMP, the beleaguered Australian bank, is embroiled in a scandal which recently saw a reported AUD$4.5bn (£2.5bn) wiped off its […]

Lloyds

Linklaters advises as Lloyds gets green light for FCA ring-fencing scheme

Linklaters has advised Lloyds Banking Group as it becomes the second major financial institution to have its application to join the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)’s ring-fencing scheme approved. Lloyds’ application was heard at a sanction hearing over two days in late March by Mr Justice Hildyard in the High Court’s Business […]

hellas telecoms

Norton Rose client Hellas withdraws claim after just five days in court

Norton Rose Fulbright client Hellas Telecommunications has withdrawn its claim against a raft of companies just four days into a five-week trial, The Lawyer has learned. The Greek company  had filed a claim – which was one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018 – against 47 separate defendants who were represented by Clifford Chance, Latham […]

peugeot

Peugeot case ends as Macfarlanes client SKF settles before trial

The competition case brought by Peugeot against a a series of the car manufacturer’s former parts suppliers has ended before reaching trial after Macfarlanes client SKF settled out of court. SKF was the remaining defendant from a considerable starting list in a case that had included White & Case, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brick Court […]

High Court

Quinn and White & Case lead in $860m Ukrainian oligarch dispute

The High Court has dismissed a challenge launched by White & Case client SCM Financial Overseas in a long-running $860m dispute over the sale of a Ukranian telecoms company. White & Case attempted to overthrow a previous London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) decision over the sale of Ukrtelecomm by its former Cypriot owner Raga Establishment in […]

High Court

Taylor Wessing client Grant Thornton to pay damages in negligence dispute

Manchester Building Society (MBS) has been awarded damages of £315,000 after Taylor Wessing client Grant Thornton admitted negligence over the assessment of a non-recoverable financial loss totaling £48.5m. The accountancy firm admitted its negligence from the outset, which Mr Justice Teare took into account when making his judgment in the High Court’s Commercial Court. He said […]

northern rock

Eversheds settles Northern Rock claim before reaching High Court

Eversheds Sutherland has settled a professional negligence claim from former client Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM) before the case was set to be heard in the High Court. The Lawyer had revealed that the £100m case, which was one of The Lawyer’s Top Cases for 2018, was gearing up for a High Court date scheduled for […]

abu dhabi

A&O turns to Clydes over claim from former banking client

Allen & Overy (A&O) is facing a claim from former client the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) over the firm’s advice on a previous deal. The claim will be heard in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)’s court of first instance. ADIB filed its claim in early February and is expected to be heard on […]

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