Nicola Dagg

Revealed: A&O’s IP reshuffle in the wake of Dagg’s Kirkland move

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) head of intellectual property Nicola Dagg was leading on 75 per cent of the firm’s cases in the sector before the announcement of her high-profile move to US firm Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year, data from The Lawyer can reveal. Data gathered for The Lawyer Litigation Tracker Q2  shows that of the firm’s four […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Addleshaws’ Scottish arm “unduly influenced” by Barclays in insolvency row

The family-owned business suing Addleshaw Goddard‘s Scottish arm has accused the firm of a breach of duty by allowing itself to fall under the “informal control” of Barclays during an insolvency process, documents seen by The Lawyer reveal. When Arthur Holgate & Son (AH&S) entered into insolvency in 2012, Deloitte turned to Addleshaws’ Scottish arm HBJ Gateley for […]

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VW faces £8bn damages claim from shareholders in Germany

Volkswagen (VW) is facing a new €9bn (£8.1bn) claim from roughly 4,000 shareholders in light of the company’s emissions scandal. Despite the fact that the automobile giant is a key client of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, giving a number of instructions in Germany, VW is instead instructing German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschutz on the matter. The […]

Stewarts leads in Emirati fraud dispute as legal line-up changes

The defendant in a five-year legal battle against an Emirati investment authority has dropped their former adviser – believed to be Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner – in a case involving claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and bribery. Iranian-American businessman Farhad Azima has now turned to Zaiwalla & Co for representation, as he faces claims from Stewarts client Ras Al Khaimah […]

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Former A&O senior partner to lead Vannin’s £70m float

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley has joined litigation funder Vannin Capital as its new non-executive chairman, as the business sets out its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Morley has been brought on board to lead Vannin’s board of directors ahead of the funder’s float. He was a partner at […]


ENRC refocuses on Dechert claim following Court of Appeal win

The Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) has underlined its desire to pursue the professional negligence claim it filed against former adviser Dechert and the firm’s global co-head of white collar and investigations Neil Gerrard. Earlier this year, it emerged that the ENRC had filed a claim against Dechert and Gerrard for what it alleged was […]

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Victory for Hogan Lovells in landmark ENRC dispute over legal privilege

In a highly anticipated judgment over legal privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and determined that documents shared between the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and former adviser Dechert should be protected. The ruling overturns a previous decision made in favour of the SFO in 2017. The recent […]

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Hogan Lovells claims victory in billion-dollar dispute over Ablyazov’s assets

Nearly a decade after litigation proceedings began, Hogan Lovells‘ client BTA Bank has secured a judgment in the High Court enabling it to recover over $500m from the group’s former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov and his son-in-law Ilyas Khrapunov. Hogan Lovells partner Richard Lewis represented BTA Bank in the proceedings, instructing Erskine Chambers’ Stephen Smith QC and Tim […]


Former Arsenal shareholder settles claim against Linklaters and Deloitte

Former Arsenal Football Club minority shareholder Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith has settled her professional negligence claim against former advisers Linklaters and big four accountancy firm Deloitte. Bracewell-Smith had brought a claim against the pair over advice they gave during the 2011 sale of her 15.9 per cent stake in the Premier League club to current owner American […]


Pinsents settles row with former best friend over Madrid office launch

The dispute surrounding Pinsent Masons‘ Madrid office opening has ended with the firm reaching a settlement with former Spanish best friend Ramon y Cajal (RyC). Late last year, it emerged that the firm was being sued over the launch of its office in the Spanish capital after the UK-based firm hired four of Ramon’s lawyers […]


SFO withdraws arrest warrant against MoFo client in ENRC case

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has withdrawn the arrest warrant it had issued against the chief executive of the Eurasian Resources Group, in the latest development to the agency’s long-running investigation into its subsidiary company ENRC. Last month, the SFO announced that ERG’s CEO Benedikt Sobotka was wanted for alleged refusal to comply to an […]

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RPC hit with professional negligence claim over client costs

Lawyers from RPC have had their actions described as falling “someway short of what competent solicitors would have done” as a district court judge in Leeds declined the firm’s application to throw out a professional negligence claim against it. RPC had been advising the founder of tech company Stayput Solutions Deborah Forster during her protracted legal […]

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Ashurst client Royal Mail hit with £50m fine for competition breaches

Royal Mail, advised by a team from Ashurst, has been unable to fend off a £50m fine from Ofcom, after an investigation into the business’s practices in 2014 found the delivery giant had “abused its dominant position in bulk mail delivery”. Three-partner firm Towerhouse advised Whistl, then known as TNT, which was trying to break into […]

High Court

Brick Court overhauls clerking structure as senior duo step aside

Brick Court Chambers has announced a reshuffling of its clerking structure after its senior clerking vanguard of Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler were replaced by Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison. Hawes will stay on at Brick Court where he will become its director of clerking, while Moyler has left the set after four decades to […]

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Addleshaws kicks off £5bn trucks litigation in CAT tribunal first

Backhouse Jones, alongside Addleshaw Goddard, has filed an application on behalf of 3,500 clients in proceedings against nine truck manufacturers which, if successful, could be worth as much as £5bn. The two firms have filed the joint application for a collective proceedings order (CPO) with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Should the CAT give the […]

Supreme Court

PAG’s hopes dashed as Supreme Court quashes RBS Libor appeal

The Property Alliance Group’s (PAG) two-year battle with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has ended after the Supreme Court dismissed a final appeal from the Manchester-based property developer. Lords Kerr, Sumption and Hughes agreed with the 2 March judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal as well as ordered PAG to pay RBS’s […]


City disputes market reaches record high of 3,000 lawyers

2017 represented a five-year high in both fee income and headcount for the 50 largest litigation practices in the London market, research from The Lawyer can reveal. Data gathered for the The Lawyer Litigation Top 50 2018 indicate that practices generated $2.44bn (£1.86bn) in 2017 after an 11.2 per cent increase in litigation turnover, growing from $2.19bn (£1.67bn). The 50 […]


Barclays lawyers on call after SFO attempts to revive Qatar case

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Simmons & Simmons are among the firms understood to be advising after the Serious Fraud Office confirmed it was looking to reinstate criminal charges against Barclays Bank. Barclays yesterday said the SFO made an application to the High Court to reinstate charges related to the bank’s capital raisings in 2008. […]

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Revealed: David Green’s last pay cheque as SFO chief

With over a month to go before the arrival of new director Lisa Osofsky, the Serious Fraud Office has released the remuneration details of her predecessor David Green as part of its annual accounts. The SFO’s accounts show that Green’s pay was frozen at up to £245,000 in his last year in charge, while general counsel […]

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Vannin names Fountain Court clerk as its new MD

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has hired Fountain Court Chambers deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn as managing director and he will join its London office this October. Martenstyn has spent the last decade at Fountain Court, joining in 2008 as a clerk before being named to his current role three years later. Prior to joining the […]

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