Litigation deals round-up

Clifford Chance (Philip Rocher), instructing Jonathan Gaisman QC and Christopher Butcher QC (7 King’s Bench Walk), is to represent Deloitte & Touche Singapore at the Court of Appeal on 22 April in the landmark negligence action arising out of the collapse of Barings. They are defending an appeal by the bank’s liquidator KPMG represented by Ashurst (Ed Sparrow) instructing Michael Brindle QC (Fountain Court), of the High Court ruling last June in which Deloitte was found liable for just one of 23 negligence allegations linked to its auditing of Barings Futures Singapore.

Berger Oliver & Co (Paul McAndrews), instructing Paul Morgan QC (Falcon Chambers), won a test case on land access in the House of Lords on 2 April, on behalf of a group of Hampshire villagers led by Roland Brandwood. Five Lords ruled that the group had an automatic right to common land because they had been using it for several years as a car drive-through. The defendants, landowners Bakewell Management, represented by Darwin Gray (Donald Gray) instructing Hazel Williamson QC (Maitland Chambers), were denied payment from the villagers for use of their land.

Herbert Smith (Denis Chemla) and Paris’s Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier advised Eurotunnel on efforts by its minority shareholders to oust the Channel Tunnel operator’s board of directors. The lead shareholder rebel, journalist Nicolas Miguet, advised by Nicolas Lecoq-Vallon, obtained a Paris Commercial Court order that enabled the shareholder protest, the first of its kind in France, to go ahead.

Lovells (John Trotter) instructing Edmund Cullen (Maitland Chambers) is to act in a key case in the High Court on 7 May on behalf of Miss World Ltd, the promoters of the beauty competition. Miss World Ltd is defending a claim brought by Nigerian arts dealer and promoter Angela Onyeador represented by Fladgate Fielder (Mark Brassey) instructing Rupert De Cruz (10 Old Square), arising out of a Miss World gala dinner in London in 2002.