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Litigation Tracker: Court Rankings

Firms and chambers will be able to chart their court appearances for the first time with the launch of The Lawyer Litigation Tracker’s Court Rankings.

Drawing on data from over 5,000 recorded judgments in English civil courts from 2015 and 2016, The Court Rankings report ranks 50 law firms and20 chambers by court, sector and type of dispute.

In addition, the report will reveal the most important relationships at the heart of the UK litigation industry. It will detail the law firms most frequently instructed by the most litigious companies and the barristers most frequently instructed by these firms.

While corporate lawyers have long been able to benchmark their activity through the M&A league tables, such research has not been available for litigation market – until now.

The Lawyer Litigation Tracker series unearths vital data for barristers, chambers directors, litigation partners and business development teams in law firms. It will also be invaluable to any in-house lawyer who wants to identify active and successful firms and chambers.

To order your copy, contact Richard Edwards on 020 7970 4672 and quote LMRW16.

The Lawyer produces a variety of litigation-related content. The hotly anticipated Litigation Tracker is an integral part of this suite of research, which also includes The Global Litigation 50 and litigation data from The Lawyer Global 200, as well as the Managing Risk and Litigation event that takes place annually. To find out more about The Lawyer’s litigation package, or for pricing information, simply contact Richard Edwards on 020 7970 4672 or at

Litigation news

The 1975

The 1975 faces claim from Malaysian music festival organiser

A claim has been filed in the High Court by a Malaysian music festival organiser against indie pop band The 1975. Future Sound Asia, the organisers of the Kuala Lumpur Good Vibes Festival where The 1975 played last year, has submitted the claim for breach of contract. The 1975 made headlines for the performance after […]

TSB Bank

In court this week: TSB, fiduciary duty and the Home Secretary

TSB in £375m Northern Rock mortgage class action British bank TSB is set to appear before the Business List of the Chancery Division today (22 July) for a four-day hearing set to deal with the repercussions of its inheritance of Northern Rock mortgages in 2016. Hogan Lovells is to defend TSB against class representative Donna […]

microphone at theatre

Claim Spotter: Comedian lines up Soho Theatre defamation suit

Comedian sues Soho Theatre over alleged defamation Comedian Paul Currie has filed a part 7 – defamation claim against London’s Soho Theatre. The Belfast performer attracted headlines in February after a Jewish attendee to his show at the Theatre was allegedly told to “get out” and left after feeling “unsafe” and “threatened.” The theatre subsequently […]

Car delivery dealership

Stakeholders’ entitlement hits £24m in car delivery class action

The potential fees for class representative Mark McLaren’s car delivery charges class action has reached £24m ahead of its trial, which is scheduled for 10 weeks in January 2025 in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The eye-watering figure was revealed in a judgment handed down last Friday (12 July) and includes costs for McLaren’s solicitors […]

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In court this week: Trucks funding and Covid-19 lateral flow tests

CAT to consider new funding agreement for class action The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) will consider a revised funding agreement in the class action brought by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) against a group of truck manufacturers on Thursday (18 July) for one day. Originally, claims were brought by the RHA, represented by Addleshaw Goddard […]


Russian oligarch spat comes to an end in loss for Quinn

The long-running dispute between business partner adversaries Vladimir Chernukhin, represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Oleg Deripaska, defended by Quillon Law, has finally ended, with Quinn failing to get Deripaska sent to prison for contempt of court. The Court of Appeal on Tuesday (9 July) refused to grant Chernukhin, the former Russian deputy […]


Mishcon and barrister team to pocket £43m for Nigeria case

The legal fees for Mishcon de Reya and its team of barristers have hit £43m, after a landmark case involving their client The Federal Republic of Nigeria.  The figures were revealed today in a judgment from the Court of Appeal in Process and Industrial Developments v The Federal Republic of Nigeria. The case, one of […]

Blackstone Chambers starts dog walking service

Magic circle set Blackstone Chambers has started a dog-walking service to assist its members who have dogs. The scheme has been in place for over a year, and the dogs are walked twice a week for two hours in locations near London Bridge, as well as in Shoreditch and by King’s Cross. The barristers that […]


Spotlight: Bredin Prat prepares for wave of ESG disputes

A turbulent election and the upcoming Paris Olympics: there’s plenty of eyes on France this summer. As its people gear up to celebrate la Fête Nationale Française, Bastille Day, this Sunday, we turn our attention to Bredin Prat and the French disputes market. The market: With a seat of the Unified Patents Court (UPC) and […]

Russia, shares, stocks

Mishcon, Fox Williams and Blackstone join $13.8bn Russia dispute

Mishcon de Reya, Fox Williams and Blackstone Chambers are the latest to join the $13.8bn dispute filed by jailed Russian businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov against 22 defendants. Magomedov became a billionaire during Dmitry Medvedev’s four-year term as Russian president, which ended in 2012. In December 2022, Magomedov was sentenced to 19 years in jail for embezzlement […]

The Hearing: A warning to mass claim lawyers

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week, we break down a brutal costs decision, bring you another example of just how big competition litigation is now, and tell you which judgment of the year’s biggest cases is expected as soon as today. A costs […]

Elizabeth Mcgrath, 3PB

3PB elects new head of chambers

3 Paper Buildings (3PB) has elected its first female head of chambers, family law silk Liz McGrath KC. A new deputy head of chambers, commercial and construction silk David Parratt KC, was also selected and started his new role last week. McGrath succeeds David Berkley KC, who served a five-year term, while Parratt takes over […]


Ex-Axiom Ince employees win redundancy payment claims

Several former Axiom Ince employees have won their redundancy payment claims against the collapsed firm in the Employment Tribunal. The decisions were published today (8 July) but were decided on 17 June. Employment Judge KM Ross heard the three cases in Manchester on 30 May. Axiom Ince, now in administration, was ordered to pay £4,826.70 […]


In court this week: Apple, Amazon and the London Metal Exchange

London Metal Exchange back in court over $12bn nickel trade cancellation After the world’s leading centre for trading in industrial metals, the London Metal Exchange, cancelled nickel trades valued up to $12bn following an unexpected price spike in 2022, US hedge fund Elliott Associates brought a judicial review against the LME. The claimants, Elliott Associates […]


Judge slams “absurd” costs applications in Dieselgate dispute

Mr Justice Constable has handed down a judgment in the Dieselgate litigation, slashing costs applications brought to the court. Claimants and defendants had each brought costs of over £200m before the High Court, which were slashed to fractions of their original value. The lead claimants, represented Pogust Goodhead, Leigh Day, Keller Postman, Milberg and Hausfeld, […]

Manchester canal

BDB Pitmans leads canal company to victory in landmark sewage ruling

The Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling today, overturning decisions by the High Court and Court of Appeal to grant waterway owners the right to bring legal action against polluters for nuisance and trespass. This case, one of The Lawyer’s top 10 appeals of 2023, has been progressing since 2010 and has taken over […]

Spotlight: Meet the litigation boutique paying the Cravath scale

This week on Spotlight, we’re looking at the inner workings and strategy of disputes boutique Pallas Partners, which won Litigation Boutique of the Year at The Lawyer Awards earlier this month. Origin: Pallas was launched in 2022 following a high-profile split-off from Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office when Natasha Harrison, ex-deputy chair of the US […]

Vatican conspiracy dispute kicks off as claimants make their case

The universal government of the Catholic Church, the Holy See, appeared in an English court for the first time in history today before Mr Justice Knowles, in a sweltering courtroom on the hottest day of the year so far. This case is one of The Lawyer‘s Top 20 of 2024. From the halls of the Vatican […]

Ground-breaking digital dispute resolution rules published

Newly published Digital Dispute Resolution Rules offer a bespoke, streamlined arbitration procedure aimed at facilitating the rapid and cost-effective resolution of commercial disputes, particularly those involving novel digital technologies such as cryptoassets, cryptocurrency, smart contracts, distributed ledger technology, and fintech applications.

BVI limitation periods for foreign law claims

Given the reputation of the BVI as a premium offshore jurisdiction, its corporate structures have long been popular with individuals from across the globe. That has, in turn, led to disputes before the BVI court with an international dimension.