The Lawyer Top 20 Cases

Each year The Lawyer Top 20 Cases picks the biggest and most interesting UK court cases to follow. This year’s list includes many public interest cases, including Uber and its fight to continue operating in London, the NHS in a blood contamination case, The Sun and News of the World’s phone hacking scandal, and LIberty against the Snoopers Charter. Also waiting for their day in court are UK claimants against Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sexual assault, and a small business owner battling against the principle of Brexit. Ryanair will also confront Hertz Europe in a €70m contractual dispute, and property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz pursues a multibillion-pound fraud claim.

The 20 court cases to watch in 2018

Various v News Group Newspapers
PV industry claimants v Department of Energy and Climate Change
Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA v Apax Partners & Ors
Uber v Transport for London (TfL)
The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority v Barclays Bank, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Santander UK
Liberty v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Ors
Ryanair DAC v Hertz Europe
KeyMed v Michael Woodford and Paul Hillman
Rowe & Ors v Ingenious Media Holdings & Ors
Bluewaters Communication v Bayerische Landesbank (1) Bernie Ecclestone (2) Bambino Holdings
Premier Motorauctions (in liquidation) (1) Premier Motorauctions Leeds (in liquidation) (2) v PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (1) Lloyds Bank (formerly Lloyds TSB Bank) (2)
NRAM Ltd v Eversheds
Peugeot & Ors v NSK & Ors
R (Smith) v Secretary of State for Health
Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees v Lloyds Bank & Ors
Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK & Ors
Bates & Ors v Post Office
Webster v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Various v Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Company UK and Weinstein Company

Each year The Lawyer Top 20 Cases picks the biggest UK court cases to follow. 2018’s list includes many public interest cases, involving Uber, the NHS, The Sun and News of the World, and Liberty. Also waiting for their day in court are UK claimants against Harvey Weinstein, a small business owner battling against Brexit, Ryanair and property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz.

Litigation news

Alison Levitt QC

Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

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Quinn gets go-ahead for Mastercard battle with Freshfields

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No5 Barristers’ Chambers helps in prosecution in a murder trial

Michael Duck QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, is leading the prosecution in a murder trial following the death of a schoolboy. Ozell Pemberton, a former pupil at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, was fatally knifed outside McDonald’s in Sutton Coldfield in May this year following an earlier incident between two groups of youths. Two people […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP targets quicker response in disputes cases with new AI tool

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SFO drops “no-show” claim against CEO of ENRC parent company

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Robert Dedman

King & Spalding goes in-house for latest white collar hire

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While Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and White & Case have showed a consistent trajectory, many other firms have been more stop-start. Take Ropes & Gray, which launched in 2010 and whose star flared brightly for several years, attracting lawyers from firms ranging from Weil Gotshal & Manges, Travers Smith and Cadwalader.  The last […]


Dentons to face scrutiny from SDT as discrimination row escalates

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to refer Dentons to the legal industry’s disciplinary tribunal after the firm was taken to court over the “unfair dismissal” of a member of staff on maternity leave. An investigation into the firm was carried out by the SRA, which concluded that the treatment of Bina Hale, a former recruitment […]

barrister holds a wig, illustrates the successful QC appointments

Clifford Chance to track use of female Bar in diversity push

Clifford Chance global head of litigation & dispute resolution Matthew Newick has pledged to leverage data held within the disputes group in a diversity push to increase its use of the female Bar and unearth “hidden gems”. In a push to follow through on one of his earliest pledges after taking over from predecessor Jeremy […]

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