The Lawyer Top 20 Cases

Each year The Lawyer Top 20 Cases picks the biggest and most interesting UK court cases to follow.

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20 court cases to watch in 2019

1 Canary Wharf Group v European Medicines Agency
2 N v Royal Bank of Scotland and National Crime Agency
3 (1) Alexander Mayr, (2) Rouver Investment SÀRL, (3) Life Sciences Partners Limited and (4) Spokane Investments Limited v CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
4 Balmoral v Competition & Markets Authority
5 The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase Bank NA
6 Suez Fortune Investments Ltd and Piraeus Bank AE v Talbot Underwriting Ltd & Ors
7 Huawei v Conversant
8 London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors v Secretary of State for Transport
9 Goldscheider v Royal Opera House
10 ACL Netherlands BV (as successor to Autonomy Corporation Limited), Hewlett-Packard Vision BV, Autonomy Systems Limited, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise New Jersey v Dr Michael Lynch & Mr Sushovan Hussain
11 Campaign Against Arms Trade & Ors v Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
12 Bailey & Ors v GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited
13 Road Haulage Association or United Kingdom Trucks Claim, Royal Mail Group Limited, BT Group plc & Ors, Dawsongroup plc & Ors, Wolseley UK Limited & Ors, Suez Groupe SAS & Ors, Veolia Environnment S.A. & Ors, Ryder Limited & Another, Arla Foods and Adnams plc & Ors v Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, Volvo/Renault and Scania
14 High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK v NatWest Bank plc
15 Yukos Finance B.V. & Ors v Stephen Lynch & Ors
16 The Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority v Servier Laboratories Limited, (2) Servier Research and Development Limited, (4) Les Laboratoires Servier SAS, (5) Servier SAS
17 Avonwick Holdings Limited v Azitio Holdings Limited, Dargamo Holdings Limited, Oleg Mkrtchan and Sergiy Taruta
18 (1) PCP Capital Partners LLP & (2) PCP International Finance Limited v Barclays Bank plc
19 Financial Reporting Council v Deloitte
20 Slater and Gordon (UK) Limited v Watchstone Group plc

What’s happened in the Top 20 cases of 2019 so far?

Litigation news

No5 QC successfully prosecutes pastor for serial rape of members of his congregation

A ‘feared’ pastor has been found guilty following a rape trial in which a Queen’s Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers led the prosecution. Michael Oluronbi, of Orchid Drive, Longbridge, Birmingham, was convicted of raping multiple members of his congregation. The offences took place in Birmingham and London. Phil Bradley QC told jurors that what the […]


Setback for Macfarlanes client as Russian court rules against jurisdiction bid

A Russian regional court has ruled that billionaire Vitaly Orlov cannot hide behind the Russian legal system to avoid the London High Court. The latest twist in a complicated case comes as a setback to Orlov, whose lawyers at Macfarlanes had successfully discharged a worldwide freezing (WFO) order last July. Russian businessman Alexander Tugushev, instructing […]

QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

Hong Kong

Clifford Chance duo exit for Gibson Dunn in Hong Kong

Clifford Chance’s veteran Hong Kong litigation partner Brian Gilchrist has resigned from the magic circle firm and will join Gibson Dunn, as global firms focus on building up litigation practices in Hong Kong. Gilchrist will be joined by fellow litigation partner Elaine Chen as Gibson Dunn’s first major litigation hires in Hong Kong. They will […]

Essex Court secures double hire from Matrix

Despite successfully winning Samira Ahmed’s landmark discrimination case today, Matrix Chambers has also lost two of its barristers this week to Essex Court. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh have both decamped to join magic circle set Essex Court. This comes just days after Henderson Chambers announced Jason Housden will be joining as its new […]


Matrix secures victory over BBC in Samira Ahmed’s discrimination claim

Reed Smith has failed to secure a win for the BBC in the employment tribunal, as judges sided with news presenter Samira Ahmed in a discrimination claim against the corporation. Ahmed, instructing Thompsons Solicitors, argued that the BBC owed her almost £700,000 of backpay because of the difference in pay between her show Newswatch and […]

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