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

Quinn and Norton Rose face off in Ukraine-Russia bond battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured victory for Ukraine in a long-running stand-off between the nation and Russia over the terms of a $3bn bond. The case was heard in the Court of Appeal last week, with the decision overturning a previous one made by the now-retired Mr Justice Blair – brother of former Prime […]


Addleshaws’ Scottish arm “unduly influenced” by Barclays in insolvency row

The family-owned business suing Addleshaw Goddard‘s Scottish arm has accused the firm of a breach of duty by allowing itself to fall under the “informal control” of Barclays during an insolvency process, documents seen by The Lawyer reveal. When Arthur Holgate & Son (AH&S) entered into insolvency in 2012, Deloitte turned to Addleshaws’ Scottish arm HBJ Gateley for […]

No5 Barristers Chambers’ Jonas Hankin secures murder conviction

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ crime specialist Jonas Hankin QC has secured a murder conviction for the sexually-motivated killing of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling. Richard Bailey, 41, was handed a life sentence with a minimum 29-year jail term for the murder of the mother-of-two. Unemployed Bailey, who was arrested in Coventry earlier this year, had denied charges of […]

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VW faces £8bn damages claim from shareholders in Germany

Volkswagen (VW) is facing a new €9bn (£8.1bn) claim from roughly 4,000 shareholders in light of the company’s emissions scandal. Despite the fact that the automobile giant is a key client of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, giving a number of instructions in Germany, VW is instead instructing German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschutz on the matter. The […]

Stewarts leads in Iranian fraud dispute as legal line-up changes

The defendant in a five-year legal battle against an Iranian investment authority has dropped their former adviser – believed to be Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner – in a case involving claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and bribery. Iranian-American businessman Farhad Azima has now turned to Zaiwalla & Co for representation, as he faces claims from Stewarts client Ras Al Khaimah […]


SFO loses third investigation controller in 18 months

Three major Serious Fraud Office investigations in the last 18 months have now seen a change in case controller, after the departure of the senior lawyer in charge of the ENRC probe. John Gibson had been acting as case controller for the SFO’s investigation in the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and his loss comes […]

Shoosmiths advises NVM PE firm on its investment into Clarilis, a software solutions provider for legal industry

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has advised NVM Private Equity (NVM) on its £3.1m investment into Clarilis Limited, a provider of automated solutions software for the legal industry. Clarilis, which is based in Birmingham and was founded by brothers James and Kevin Quinn in 2015, is a fast-growing business with clients throughout the UK […]

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Slaughters finally seals hire of former SFO director David Green QC

Slaughter and May has finally confirmed it has hired former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director David Green QC as a senior consultant. Sources had claimed conflict issues were causing a hold up in the firm’s high-profile hire, but Slaughters has said Green will not work on matters in which he was involved while at the SFO. Green’s […]

London Stock Exchange

Former A&O senior partner to lead Vannin’s £70m float

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley has joined litigation funder Vannin Capital as its new non-executive chairman, as the business sets out its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Morley has been brought on board to lead Vannin’s board of directors ahead of the funder’s float. He was a partner at […]

No5 barrister secures conviction of mother who allowed manslaughter of her son

A mother, prosecuted by David Mason QC from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, for allowing the 2016 manslaughter of her six-month-old son Kayden has been jailed. Laura Davies, 25, of Walnut Close, Bilston, was convicted last month of allowing Kayden’s manslaughter at the hands of his father Ricky Walker, 27, of the same address. She was jailed […]

Two No5 Counsel see acquittal of manslaughter charge

Two No5 Counsel have secured an acquittal for a man facing a manslaughter charge over the death of a Nuneaton pensioner. Michael Duck QC led Simon Hunka for the defence in the case, which saw Adam Matthew Johnson, 29, of Tudor Road, Nuneaton, charged with unlawfully killing 72-year-old Michael Wood at the pensioner’s home in […]

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