The Hearing: Boies Schiller test drives new identity; and Supreme Court reverts to the days of “grey anonymity”

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week, we put our ear to the Supreme Court (SC). The country’s top judges are used to handling complex disputes, but some are fed up of colleagues keen on making waves. Plus, watch out, as we hear litigation […]

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RPC denies breach of duty as negligence row wraps up

RPC has said it did not breach any of the duties it owed to a former client, as the professional negligence case brought against the firm draws to a close. The firm has spent the last eight days at the Leeds Circuit Commercial Court defending several allegations brought against it by former client Deborah Forster. […]

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BSB mulls action against barristers refusing to prosecute eco-protestors

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is in the process of deciding whether disciplinary action should be taken against a group of barristers who have signalled their intention to disobey the cab-rank rule. Last week, a group called Lawyers Are Responsible issued a declaration that focused on the need for faster and stronger action for the […]

The first KCs for generations: 95 silks take on their new title

Today marks the first time in 70 years that new silks will be sworn in as King’s Counsel, as 95 prepare for the ceremony at London’s Westminster Hall. The list was revealed at the end of December, with the number of appointments falling for the second year in a row, despite a slight rise in […]

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Our Verdict: Met Police reputation in tatters; and Clydes makes oil firm pay $1.6m over botched drilling project

This week saw a judge rule on a “troubling” police disciplinary process, while a Swansea-based law firm failed to have negligence allegations thrown out. Over at the Court of Appeal, a London-listed oil and gas company was also forced to pay out $1.6m over a drilling project gone wrong in Cameroon. Judge labels police disciplinary […]

The Hearing: Barristers must up their form-filling game; and water companies better start flattering the Supreme Court

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week we look at how the floodgates may be about to open to mass claims from landowners against water companies, and how the working hours of financial crime and corporate compliance lawyers are in the hands of those […]

Quinn and Pallas make their pitches to disgruntled Credit Suisse investors

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Pallas Partners have made separate pitches to Credit Suisse investors in the hope of pursuing litigation against those allegedly responsible for making the Swiss bank’s Additional Tier 1 Bonds (AT1s) worthless.  Credit Suisse’s AT1s were written down to zero last weekend after the Swiss Federal Department of Finance, the […]

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Kennedys and Weightmans called up for rugby injury legal action

Specialist sports boutique Rylands Garth has brought a claim on behalf of 54 former amateur rugby players against World Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Rugby Football Union (RFU). The players are bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the governing bodies, claiming they failed to protect them from permanent brain injury. In January, it was […]

Close Brothers sets up in-house litigation team

Merchant bank Close Brothers is to establish an in-house litigation team. The bank has set up a small litigation group led by head of bank legal, litigation, Jessica Wicker. It is understood that the group has been put together as the team works in a more structured and consistent way in relation to litigation. Wicker […]


Judges’ claim over part-time work status to be re-heard

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has successfully quashed an Employment Tribunal ruling in a case that pitted the Lord Chancellor against a group of 50 judges. The latest decision means the tribunal case will now need to be reheard. Five judges, represented by Leigh Day and Sintons, were selected by the initial Employment Tribunal as […]

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Our Verdict: “Dieselgate” rumbles on for HSF client Mercedes-Benz

This week saw Justice Secretary Dominic Raab’s intervention in probation service procedures ruled unlawful. But in better news for the UK Government, the Foreign Office’s sanction regime against Belarus succeeded in a challenge hoping to overturn it. Herbert Smith Freehills’ client Mercedes Benz was also at the High Court, attempting to determine the scope of […]

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Skadden barrister moves over to Steptoe

Steptoe & Johnson is expanding its London litigation practice by hiring a barrister from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Jonathon Egerton-Peters has joined Steptoe as a partner. He focuses on international arbitration, litigation and tax across a range of sectors including tobacco, banking and energy. He has been at Skadden for nearly 14 years, […]