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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

High Court

Tchenguiz costs rise to £24m after withdrawing ‘failed’ claim

The withdrawal of Robert Tchenguiz’s accusations against the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and a number of other businesses will cost the property mogul nearly £24m as a result of a High Court judgment passed down yesterday. Mr Justice Robin Knowles ordered Tchenguiz to pay £11.2m to Travers Smith client Jóhannes Jóhannsson of the collapsed Icelandic bank […]

news group

Clifford Chance client News Group settles latest batch of phone-hacking cases

News Group Newspapers (NGN) has settled the latest of its phone-hacking cases on its first day in court, reinforcing the company’s preference to draw a line under the claims throughout this high-profile litigation. The decision to settle brings one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018 closer to a climax. Settlement fees for the dispute were thought […]

Jenner & Block partner Paul Feldberg

K&L Gates white collar duo reunite at Jenner & Block

Building on its key hire of K&L Gates white-collar partner Christine Braamskamp earlier this year, Jenner & Block has taken its second partner from the US firm in a bid to build out in the City. Jenner & Block has hired London-based partner Paul Feldberg into Braamskamp’s team. Feldberg spent less than a year at K&L […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers helps in acquittal of motorist in an accident case

Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers has seen a motorist acquitted in an unusual case, where a jogger was killed after a vehicle skidded on ice. Barrister Ian Bridge saw the jury unanimously acquit the defendant of an allegation that she caused death by careless driving following a four-day trial at Ipswich Crown Court. The pedestrian […]

lady justice

Lawyers’ efforts in vain as Tchenguiz abandons Grant Thornton battle

Property mogul Robert Tchenguiz has walked away from his lawsuit against accountancy firm Grant Thornton, three months after completely overhauling his legal line-up. Tchenguiz argued he was owed £1.6bn following the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing and later alleged that Grant Thornton conspired to have the Serious Fraud Office investigate him to prevent him from […]

Michael Bywell

Hausfeld makes first foray into TMT sector with disputes hire

Hausfeld has added its fifth commercial litigation partner, as the boutique continues to offer a broader range of capabilities alongside its sweet spot in competition disputes. The boutique has hired partner Michael Bywell from Arnold & Porter, who specialises in litigation across the TMT sector. He joined Arnold & Porter in 2016 prior to its […]

High Court

SFO and ENRC come to blows in latest court disagreement

A week after the SFO said it would not appeal the ENRC’s victory in a landmark legal privilege battle, the UK Government agency is continuing to spar with the mining company in a separate fight over how well it conducted its investigations.  The legal privilege battle was one of the most high-profile disputes to hit […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers appears for Appropriate Authority in case against former officer who smoked cannabis off duty

Anthony Searle has appeared on behalf of the Appropriate Authority in a police misconduct hearing concerning a former Avon and Somerset Constabulary police officer who has been found guilty of gross misconduct. Intelligence had been received by the Constabulary that the officer had been smoking cannabis whilst off duty, as a result of which she […]

High Court

Freshfields claims victory over Squires in landmark cartel case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won a landmark cartel claim for industrial client ABB, defending it from the first follow-on damages claim to reach the High Court. Cable operator BritNed was suing for damages worth $180m for ABB’s role in a cable pricing cartel, though Mr Justice Marcus Smith found that ABB did not deliberately overcharge the […]

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie turns to Osborne Clarke in accounting turmoil

Osborne Clarke is advising Patisserie Valerie as the café chain launches an investigation into alleged fraud and accounting irregularities at the company. The owner of Patisserie Valerie, Patisserie Holdings this morning suspended its shares, as a potential accounting black hole looms over the business. Patisserie Holdings is chaired by serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, who owns […]

London Stock Exchange

Litigation funder Vannin postpones IPO listing

Vannin Capital has halted its intended flotation on the London Stock Exchange, a month after it hired Allen & Overy’s former head David Morley to spearhead the move. Morley joined the funder in September as its non-executive chairman. He was a partner at the magic circle firm for 18 years – spending eight years as its […]

No5 advises on a case involving challenge to Gypsy site

R (Marden PC) v Herefordshire Council, Soole J  issued his judgment in this case, which relates to a challenge by a parish council in respect of the grant of planning permission (“PP”) for expansion of a Gypsy site. MPC raised 4 grounds. Three are case-specific, but ground 3 may be of wider interest relating to the standard of […]


Mishcon’s Google claim thrown out in £3bn privacy judgment

Pinsent Masons has secured a key victory for Google over Mishcon de Reya after a High Court judgment this morning ended a class action claim against the internet giant. Former executive director of consumer magazine Which? Richard Lloyd had applied to relocate the hearing over Google’s alleged “Safari Workaround” outside of the UK as the tech giant’s […]

No5 advises on a dispute over funeral arrangements

Lambo v Kelly-Lambo (PT-2018-00382) (Ch D) The claim was brought by Mrs Lambo (one of two parties claiming to be the surviving spouse of Mr James Lambo (“the deceased”) under section 116 Senior Courts Act 1981 and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court for a limited grant of letters of administration in respect of […]

High Court

ENRC takes aim at SFO’s Eversheds instruction in latest court plea

Days after the Serious Fraud Office walked away from a potential appeal in the ENRC legal privilege case, the UK Government body has been criticised for repeatedly instructing Eversheds Sutherland on a series of matters. In a recent High Court filing, the ENRC has claimed that a different firm should be appointed to investigate the mining company’s […]

Liability for intentional torts by workers

By Mark Josselyn Earlier this year the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) found that a corporate respondent was liable for the violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code perpetrated upon the applicant by the personal respondent in the course of his employment, relying upon the analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada in Robichaud v. […]

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 […]

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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