The eight biggest moves at the Bar in March

Commercial juniors have been in high demand at the Bar of late, with Blackstone Chambers recruiting two barristers to help meet increasing activity. Elsewhere, Fountain Court also bolstered its commercial ranks, while 39 Essex and Doughty Street strengthened in public law and inquests respectively. Here are the eight biggest moves from March: Luka Krsljanin and […]

Barrister of the week: Matrix Chambers’ Danny Friedman QC

Despite a legal career spanning almost three decades and having worked on matters ranging from 9/11 to Grenfell Tower, Danny Friedman QC (Call: 1996) was not prepared for the emotional impact of his latest brief. Representing 12 of the ‘flying pickets’, known as the Shrewsbury 24, the Matrix Chambers‘ silk succeeded in appealing against the […]

Barrister of the week: Littleton Chambers’ Gavin Mansfield QC

Sir Philip Rutnam’s recently settled case against the Home Office was a unique piece of politically sensitive litigation handled by the head of Littleton Chambers, Gavin Mansfield QC (Call: 1992). Concerning a permanent secretary suing for breach of employment rights in the Employment Tribunal, with allegations of bullying against the Home Secretary Priti Patel, this […]

Barrister of the week: One Essex Court’s Kenneth MacLean QC

Alongside a stellar cast list including barristers from Brick Court, 3VB and Fountain Court, One Essex Court’s Kenneth MacLean QC (Call: 1985 Silk 2002) obtained a positive judgment for his client Alexander Yaroslavsky in a dispute that has been rumbling on since 2016. The case was brought by oil giant PSJC Tatneft, against four Ukrainian […]

Judgments of note: The Good Law Project and Shamima Begum

Good Law Project -v- Secretary Of State For Health And Social Care The Administrative Court handed down the first judgment in what could prove to be a wave of litigation challenging government conduct throughout the pandemic.  In Good Law Project v Secretary Of State For Health And Social Care, the court ruled in favour of […]

Revealed: The top 15 appeals of 2021

As showcased in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases last month, litigants are lining up for a busy 2021, with further disputes set to be heard in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Here are the challenges to look out for. Several of this year’s appeals have previously appeared in The Lawyer’s Top 20 […]

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Barrister of the week: Old Square Chambers’ Melanie Tether

Last week’s judgment regarding workers’ rights was a victory of epic proportions for those in the gig economy, as the Supreme Court slapped down Uber’s argument and sided with the drivers. One of the counsel members taking part in the hearing was Old Square’s Melanie Tether, who supported chambers’ colleague Oliver Segal QC after the […]

From the Litigation Tracker: A ‘wave’ of Covid-related litigation is starting to wash into the courts

Claims activity rallied across a number of sectors in late 2020 following a coronavirus-induced dip in Q2, data from The Lawyer Litigation Tracker shows. For the sake of this analysis a cross-section of pandemic-hit sectors was selected, including: healthcare equipment and services, public sector (excluding health), retail, real estate and pharmaceuticals. Claims activity as a […]