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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

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Fountain Court completes new-look Tchenguiz legal team

With less than three months to go to trial, Fountain Court Chambers has been brought in to act for Robert Tchenguiz in his feud with Grant Thornton after he swapped incumbent adviser Stephenson Harwood for Debevoise & Plimpton. It is understood that Fountain Court silks Stephen Rubin QC and Charles Béar QC are now being instructed by […]


Clifford Chance to streamline use of chambers in litigation shake-up

Clifford Chance is set to reduce the number of chambers it instructs, after an internal survey of its litigation practice revealed it was instructing too many individual sets. The Lawyer understands that senior management at the magic circle firm surveyed the entire practice to better understand the range of sets that were being instructed. A […]

High Court

Pinsents slammed for “shameful” treatment of defendants in Aeroflot case

A High Court judge has slammed Pinsent Masons for its actions following the death of Russian oligarch Nikolay Glushkov, accusing the firm of having lost “sight of any basic standard of decent and compassionate behaviour” in a long-running case brought by Russian airline Aeroflot. The litigation centered around allegations made against, among others, the late Russian oligarch […]

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Sector focus: litigation

What’s the litigation sector all about? The litigation department at Mayer Brown now covers a huge variety of practices and industries.  We act for employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in complex construction disputes on a range of projects from hospitals to defence facilities. These matters often have an international element, for example, I’ve had the opportunity to work on […]

British Airways

Linklaters and Eversheds lead in ongoing BA pensions dispute

Eversheds Sutherland has secured a decision to appeal a landmark High Court judgment for the pension trustees of the Linklaters-represented British Airways, which could see the airline pay out up to £12m in benefits. In a two-against-one decision, Lord Justice Patten dismissed the appeal while Lord Justices Lewison and Peter Jackson both elected to permit […]

Arrest warrant issued for Eurasian Resources Group CEO in SFO investigation

In the wake of the decade’s most important case concerning legal privilege, an arrest warrant has been issued against the CEO of the Eurasian Natural Resource Corporation (ENRC)’s parent company as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s ongoing investigation into a string of allegations. The warrant was issued against Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt […]


Gibson Dunn advises Facebook in first blow over data scandal

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is advising Facebook in the ongoing probe into its data protection breaches, as it faces a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice group, dispute resolution partner Penny Madden is leading for Facebook in London, following a report by the ICO that claims […]

Hausfeld heads up BMW’s cartel claim in the High Court

Litigation boutique Hausfeld has filed a class action claim in the High Court for German car manufacturer BMW against two maritime transport companies, which were fined by the European Commission earlier this year for price-fixing. The firm filed the claim on 10 July in what is its third major class-action case, following earlier work against […]


Mishcon enters the fray as Unaoil is summonsed by SFO

Mishcon de Reya clients Unaoil Monaco and Unaoil are the latest defendants to be drawn in to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into alleged conspiracy over the award of contracts in Iraq. Longtime Unaoil adviser and Mishcon partner Jo Rickards will lead for the firm in a case which already sees US outfits White & […]

Pinsents and 3VB seal victory over Goldman Sachs in banking dispute

Pinsent Masons and 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) took the lead roles for Portuguese banking group Novo Banco as it fought off two claims from a string of litigation heavyweights in the Supreme Court. Lord Sumption handed down the judgment in the Supreme Court, dismissing an appeal to an earlier decision over a liability transferred to […]

SFO fraud head: ‘DPAs will play a greater role in investigations’

Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) will play a greater role in fraud cases in the future, the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) fraud head Hannah von Dadelszen told in-house counsel today. Speaking at The Lawyer‘s In-House Financial Services conference in London, von Dadelszen said DPAs were a key tool to enforcement in an increasingly globalised and joined-up […]

Linklaters and Jones Day lose appeal in Mastercard/Visa battle

Jones Day, Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have failed to secure victory for clients Mastercard and Visa in their ongoing row with British retailers over interchange fees. In February 2017, Mr Justice Popplewell threw out a £450m claim made on behalf of retailers such as ASDA and Morrisons alleging that Mastercard charged anti-competitive […]

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Freshfields fends off €2bn claim from Tchenguiz-backed fund

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has successfully fought off Stephenson Harwood to defend a €2bn counterclaim against its Abu Dhabi-headquartered client Aabar Investments in the High Court. Aabar had found itself locked in a battle with former co-investor Edgeworth Capital – a Luxembourg corporate with ties to high-profile real estate mogul Robert Tchenguiz – over a €200m investment in defaulting […]

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ENRC claims labelled “embarrassing” in Dechert defence filing

As one of the decade’s most anticipated cases over legal privilege kicks off, Dechert has labelled claims against the firm, partner Neil Gerrard and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) by the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) as “embarrassing” and denied multiple allegations of wrongdoing. Documents seen by The Lawyer show that Dechert’s lawyers – thought to be Clyde […]


Ashurst in disputes push with Mayer Brown construction hire

Mayer Brown construction and arbitration partner Tom Duncan has left the firm after six years for Ashurst‘s London disputes group. Duncan joined Mayer Brown in 2001 and made partner at the firm 10 years later. He will join Ashurst’s disputes team as the seventh new hire to the group globally this year. Other new joiners in […]


Pinsents competition litigation head decamps for US firm

Pinsent Masons head of competition litigation Ben Lasserson has joined US firm Strange & Butler as head of its London office and fourth partner globally. Lasserson trained and qualified at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in 2007. He joined Pinsents as a partner nearly four years […]


Stewarts enters financial crime market with QC hire

Stewarts will launch a new financial crime practice following the hire of 2 Bedford Row white-collar silk Richard Kovalevsky QC as a partner into its London office next month. Kovalevsky has been practising for 35 years after being called to the Bar in 1983, taking silk two decades later. He will bring the firm’s partner […]


Hogan Lovells secures 15-month probationary licence for Uber

Hogan Lovells has successfully fought for a 15-month probationary licence for long-standing client Uber, though the taxi app was ordered to pay Transport for London’s (TfL) costs as part of the decision. The taxi firm’s willingness to improve its culture, governance and management were all key factors pointed to by senior district Judge Emma Arbuthnot […]


Clifford Chance in the clear as SRA closes probe into RBS complaint

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will not launch an inquiry into a complaint made over Clifford Chance‘s 2014 investigation into the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) treatment of small companies, The Lawyer can reveal. After pursuing the complaints, which alleged that the magic circle firm had overlooked fraud during its investigation, the SRA found nothing to suggest […]

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WPP calls in Slaughters and Milbank to investigate email leaks

Advertising agency WPP has hired Slaughter and May and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to investigate the source of a string of anonymous emails sent following Sir Martin Sorrell’s departure in April. Slaughters and Milbank are thought to be advising advertising agency WPP after current and former staff received anonymous and intimidating messages on WhatsApp and via […]

Artificial intelligence and international arbitration

By Thomas Snider, Sergejs Dilevka and Camelia Aknouche The last two decades have witnessed phenomenal advancements in information technology (IT), which have fostered a remarkable level of innovation in products and services offered across numerous industries. Yet, international arbitration, forming part of the legal services industry, has been so far practically unaffected by such developments. […]

Court confirms breach of contract despite absence of negligence

By Daniel Wood The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the high-profile case of MT Højgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables. The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision and – in so doing – has provided useful clarification in respect of various important principles… …In this decision, the Supreme Court was willing […]

Global Litigation 50 2017

The Global Litigation Top 50 ranks the largest 50 firms in the world by litigation and arbitration revenue and also tracks headcount trends across the world’s leading litigation hotspots.

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Adjudicator had jurisdiction – rights reassigned in the nick of time

This article was first published on Practical Law’s Construction Blog By Ebony Alleyne In Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Construction Ltd, the TCC confirmed the armoured quality of an adjudicator’s decision, despite a valiant jurisdictional challenge. The enforcement action was set against a zigzagging tale of assignment and reassignment… What was the dispute? The […]

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 and 20 chambers by court, sector […]

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