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.

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