End of term delight

The end of July brings with it the usual judicial rush to get cases off the desk and into the public domain.

Today we have learned that Topshop did indeed breach laws when it sold a t-shirt bearing an image of popstar Rihanna – a win for Reed Smith over Mishcon de Reya.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has accepted a damages settlement from media firm Russells on behalf of partner Christopher Gossage. Gossage was last week named as the lawyer who unmasked her as the unknown writer Robert Galbraith, author of detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. The leak reached the Sunday Times, which splashed the revelations across its pages.

The Sunday Times, however, may be less worried about JK Rowling than it is about the former Conservative Party treasurer Peter Cruddas. Mr Justice Tugendhat today ordered the broadsheet to hand over £180,000 in libel damages to Cruddas and pay his costs, which could rise to more than a £1m.

If you’re going to miss court in the coming months it’ll be worth brushing up on the Michaelmas term, which promises a bonanza of cases. For lawyers the one to watch is London Underground’s £140m claim against Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer and legacy Herbert Smith, with all sides bringing out the legal big guns to fight the battle. One Essex Court’s Tony Grabiner QC and Fountain Court’s Tim Dutton QC will be on the defendant side battling with 4 New Square’s Justin Fenwick QC for the claimant.

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