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

No5 barristers defend in ‘Reservoir Dogs’-style art theft

Graham Henson and Harry Lally of No5 Barristers’ Chambers are defending two members of the gang accused of stealing £2.7m of art and antiques from the mansion of Bulmers’ cider family. Eleven men are standing trial at Bristol Crown Court where they have denied stealing millions of pounds of artwork and antiques from the luxury […]

No5 Michael Burrows QC prosecutes predatory rapist

Michael Burrows QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers acted for the prosecution in the case of a predatory and dangerous sex offender sentenced to life in prison. Ben Murphy, 31 from Kidderminster, must serve a minimum of eight years in prison for the attack on an underage schoolboy who was bound, blindfolded and raped at the […]

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Deliveroo calls on 11KBW in human rights case

Less than a week after the landmark Pimlico Plumbers ruling, online food delivery company Deliveroo has turned to Lewis Silkin and 11KBW to defend it after a High Court judge gave the go-ahead for a judicial review. On Friday Mrs Justice Simler overturned a previous High Court decision and granted permission for the Independent Workers […]

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Exclusive: Quinn hikes London associate salaries in response to US payouts

A week after Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced a bumper pay increase for US associates, the firm has decided to reward its City lawyers with a salary rise of up to 19 per cent. The new payscale will see first year post-qualification (PQE) lawyers paid £125,000 per year, increasing to a maximum of £245,000 […]


Landmark and Essex Court’s Brexit challenge quashed in High Court

One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases for 2018  has ended before going to trial as Geldards, Landmark Chambers and Essex Court failed to secure permission for a judicial review into the Brexit referendum. The claimants had hoped to bring a firm challenge but Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Green threw out the claim describing it […]


SFO blasted for “unhealthy relationship” with Dechert after ENRC “leak”

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been targeted with new legal action from the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in a dramatic development to the most important legal privilege case of the decade. The ENRC has decided to extend its claim against former adviser Dechert to include the Government body, demanding the SFO explain its conduct after […]

Schoenherr promotes litigation expert Maximilian Raschhofer to counsel

Schoenherr has promoted litigation lawyer Maximilian Raschhofer to counsel in February this year. A member of Schoenherr’s litigation team in Vienna for over eight years, Raschhofer specialises in civil law and the enforcement of arbitral awards in Austria. Additionally, he has vast experience in complex liability claims in the healthcare sector entailing the reimbursement of […]

Supreme Court

Mishcon felled by four-lawyer firm in landmark Pimlico Plumbers case

In a David and Goliath battle, Mishcon de Reya client Pimlico Plumbers has lost its final appeal against a former employee in a long-running feud over workers’ rights. The five judges unanimously agreed that claimant Gary Smith was a Pimlico Plumbers employee during his time working for the company and not, as Pimlico Plumbers was […]


A&O advises as HSBC prepares for ring-fencing reform

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised HSBC in its application to become the third major financial institution to join the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) ring-fencing scheme. The bank – which is thought to list all of the magic circle firms on its panel – had its approval granted on 21 […]

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Crisis averted as criminal barristers accept £15m legal aid offer

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)’s feud with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has ended with 51.55 per cent of members voting to accept the £15m offer that was put to them two weeks ago. The offer was accepted through a slim majority voting in favour of the reforms with an 85 per cent turnout from […]

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