The 60 second interview: Jenner & Block arbitration co-chair on the most common drafting errors

Following his involvement as one of the 30+ speakers at our recent Managing Risk and Litigation conference, Jenner & Block’s co-chair of international arbitration Charlie Lightfoot talks to The Lawyer about amends to the UK’s Arbitration Act, the most common drafting error of arbitration clauses and trends emerging in international arbitration. Some commentators have suggested […]

Jason Yardley

The 60 second interview: “London cannot rest on its laurels in the global disputes market”

Jenner & Block partner Jason Yardley, one of the 30+ speakers at last year’s Managing Risk and Litigation conference, talks to The Lawyer about the newly established commercial courts across Europe and their potential impact on English Commercial Courts, and whether costs will have a greater impact on London as a preferred forum for international disputes. Will […]


Fried Frank and Dechert strike decisive blow in Sberbank case

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Dechert have fought off an appeal from White & Case upholding an earlier High Court decision in favour of Russian lender Sberbank. The appeal made by the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) was unanimously dismissed by Lord Justices Lewison, Henderson and Baker, with White & Case now expected […]


SFO criticised by ENRC over handling of privileged information

Mining group ENRC has raised further questions over the Serious Fraud Office’s long-running corruption investigation into the company, alleging that privileged information was used as part of the probe. Documents seen by The Lawyer allege that Dechert partner Neil Gerrard passed privileged documents onto the SFO in 2013, as part of its investigation into alleged bribery and corruption […]

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Ted Baker calls in City firm for investigation into founder

Following allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its founder, fashion brand Ted Baker has brought in a City litigation heavyweight to lead an investigation into the matter. The retailer has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for advice during an independent external investigation into the behaviour of Ray Kelvin. The firm will report into a committee comprised […]


Deliveroo in the clear as High Court throws out employment claim

A High Court judicial review against food delivery company Deliveroo was dismissed today in a widely publicised battle over collective bargaining rights. The Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone sided with Deliveroo’s lawyers; Lewis Silkin partner Colin Leckey instructed 11KBW’s Chris Jeans QC and Tom Cross. Deliveroo is a regular client of Lewis Silkin’s, especially after the […]


Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]


Magic circle firm dropped for Simmons in SFO’s Petrofac investigation

Simmons & Simmons has been appointed as Petrofac’s adviser during its investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), wrestling the mandate for the oil and gas company from a magic circle firm. It is understood that Simmons’ head of crime, fraud and investigations Stephen Gentle and partner Nick Benwell have won the mandate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The […]


SFO kickstarts search for new GC following Milford exit

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has begun its search to find a new general counsel, following incumbent Alun Milford’s decision to join the partnership at white-collar and criminal outfit Kingsley Napley. The office announced that it would be searching for a replacement in the wake of Milford’s departure, though it is understood that the SFO […]

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Skadden swapped for new firm in PrivatBank’s oligarch dispute

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has been replaced as adviser to Ukrainian businessman Gennadiy Bogolyubov in a long-running dispute with PrivatBank over frozen assets worth up to $2.4bn. The swap from Skadden to Enyo is the latest twist to a case that looks likely to be heard next in the Court of Appeal. Bogolyubov changed his legal […]

Brick Court silk set for Article 50 showdown in EU courts

Brick Court Chambers’ silk Maya Lester QC is due in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today acting for a handful of MPs to ascertain whether the UK would be able to revoke notification of its own volition. Presently, there is a point of contention over whether the UK could revoke the […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Jenner & Block partner Paul Feldberg

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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