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

Doughty Street barrister resigns following Twitter ‘harassment’ of colleague

A Doughty Street Chambers barrister has resigned from the set amid allegations that he was connected to a Twitter account that harassed people involved in the Labour antisemitism issue. In a Twitter thread posted by Doughty Street human rights barrister Adam Wagner, it is revealed that his former Doughty Street colleague Daniel Bennett has resigned […]


After Burford, litigation funders need a healthy dose of transparency

Litigation funders live and breathe disputes, but this was not the sort of dispute Burford Capital was used to. On August 8, Burford’s share price plunged 66 per cent after a ferocious attack from San Francisco-based hedge fund Muddy Waters, whose founder Carson Black questioned the accuracy of the funders accounting practices. Black described the […]

Former Twenty Essex barrister rejoins set after offshore stint

Commercial set Twenty Essex has hired a barrister from Walkers to add to its civil fraud and asset tracing team. Sarah Tresman has spent three years as a litigation lawyer in the Cayman Islands. Previously she was a barrister at Twenty Essex for seven years, where she began her career. She returns to the chambers […]


A&O to lose fraud head to Milbank’s expanding City office

Milbank has made its second hire from Allen & Overy in 2019, recruiting the firm’s head of fraud to lead a new group in its City office. Mona Vaswani, who is also the co-head of firm’s UK banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice, will join Milbank after spending 26 years at the magic circle firm […]

High Court sides with Pinsents in bust-up over billings

Pinsent Masons has succeeded in its application to overturn a previous decision made by a judge, as the firm finds itself embroiled in a billings dispute with a former client. The dispute centres around bills sent by Pinsents to Rafaela Evans, whom sought advice from the firm between 2016 and 2017. Evans wished to appeal […]

New York City

Shearman City partner makes transatlantic move to Quinn

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has expanded its international arbitration team with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mark McNeill will be joining Quinn as a partner in its New York office. He has been at Shearman & Sterling for 12 years, initially in its Paris office and later moving […]

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