The Lawyer Top 20 Cases

The 20 court cases to watch in 2019

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

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

In January 2019 The Lawyer launched the new Litigation Tracker online, a digitisation of its litigation news and analysis service. It includes judgments from 15 English courts since 2015 with data points including counsel, law firms, judges, clients and sectors all fully searchable. The Litigation Tracker now holds 8,750 cases and growing, involving over 8,000 companies. For details on how to subscribe to this super-premium service, contact the Litigation Tracker team or on 020 7970 4275.

Litigation news

CLO manager not entitled to incentive fee on optional redemption

The High Court has recently decided that on an optional redemption of a collateralised loan obligation securitisation (“CLO”), the collateral manager was not entitled to an incentive fee at the expense of junior bondholders.[1] The claim was brought by Deutsche Trustee Company Limited (the “Trustee”) in order to determine the correct interpretation of the bond […]

Clifford Chance London

DLA Piper granted chance to appeal in landmark case over Brexit frustration

A High Court judge has granted DLA Piper client European Medicines Agency permission to appeal against the dismissal of its claim to cancel its £500m office lease in London. EMA argued that the 25-year lease on its Canary Wharf base had been “frustrated” and should be able to relocate to Amsterdam. It claimed that the […]


Quinn strikes key victory over Freshfields in £14bn Mastercard claim

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured its most decisive victory to date in the £14bn Mastercard class action after the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier ruling in the case. The case will now be re-heard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CATf) which had previously sided with Mastercard’s lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by […]

Blackstone silks take centre stage in footballer’s Nazi salute allegations

A pair of Blackstone Chambers silks led as the Football Association (FA) dismissed allegations of an inappropriate gesture against a Premier League footballer. Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy allegedly made a Nazi salute in a picture posted on social media app Instagram by a teammate on 5 January. The Welsh international footballer denied making the […]


Addleshaws and KPMG given High Court seal of approval after HMV mixup

A High Court judge was required to confirm the roles of Big Four accountant KPMG and Addleshaw Goddard on HMV’s insolvency after confusion over the document submission. The Honourable Mr Justice Barling was required to conduct a hearing in the High Court on 24 January, ruling that a late electronic submission of insolvency documents would […]

Post Office

Womble Bond Dickinson’s bid to recuse Post Office judge fails

Womble Bond Dickinson has failed in its attempt to recuse the judge overseeing a lawsuit brought against the firm’s client The Post Office. The Lawyer reported last month that Womble Bond Dickinson had applied to recuse Justice Peter Fraser, on the basis that the first ruling suggested he had formed an opinion on matters which […]

Hong Kong

K&L Gates’ Hong Kong headache continues in battle over ex-partner fraud

A deputy judge in Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance has slammed K&L Gates’s request for documents as “vague”, “inconsistent” and “convoluted” in an ongoing fraud dispute involving a former partner. A judgment dated 29 March shows that the US firm requested a number of documents, including some protected by confidentiality agreements, in a bid […]

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