The Hearing: PhosAgro could be one of the last oligarch showdowns

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week, the UK Government wants more people to say they’re sorry, while we consider Monckton Chambers’ strange collection of celebrity tenants. But first, Monday saw the opening day of another Russian oligarch mega-battle in London’s Commercial Court. […]

In court this week: SKAT, oligarchs and anti-suits

Mammoth SKAT case finally hits Commercial Court for longest-ever hearing The Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT) begins its trial in the Commercial Court today (15 April), marking what is due to be the longest scheduled hearing in the Court’s history. One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2024, the 12-month trial will tackle […]

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Spotlight: Hogan Lovells and its high-stakes investigations

This week on Spotlight, we take a look at the global investigations, white collar and fraud (IWCF) practice group at Hogan Lovells.  Hogan Lovells’ investigations, white collar and fraud practice: Globally, the practice group holds over 120 lawyers and operates in the UK, the US, Germany, Spain, France, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.  Many lawyers […]

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Kirkland and Reed Smith lead as key FRAND case settles

Kirkland & Ellis and Reed Smith have taken leading roles in the settlement of the UK’s first “implementer-led” Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) action. The settlement was reached on 4 April and decided via a Tomlin Order, rendering the details of the parties’ settlement confidential. A first instance trial was set to heard tomorrow (12 […]

Claim spotter: EasyGroup takes on more “brand thieves”, while Barclays and NatWest team up

EasyGroup takes on “brand thieves” again in new suit EasyGroup, the owning group of budget airline EasyJet, has filed a part 7 “passing off and trade marks claim” in the Intellectual Property List, continuing its long-running campaign against what it calls “brand thieves”. Stephenson Harwood has been called in to represent EasyGroup in this latest […]

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In court this week: Sports Direct and Newcastle United

Sports Direct takes on Newcastle United in kit rights clash The Magpies are heading to the Competition Appeal Tribunal tomorrow (9 April) for one day in a claim brought by Sports Direct, as the high street sports equipment retailer challenges Newcastle United over its third-party kit sales policy. Sports Direct, represented by Travers Smith, alleges […]

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Clifford Chance loses Epic Games mandate to NRF

Clifford Chance has lost the mandate to represent Epic Games in the US video game developer’s ongoing competition claim against RPC-repped Google. The Lawyer understands that Epic Games, best known for the online video game Fortnite, switched legal representation to Norton Rose Fulbright around six months ago. According to a 2021 confidentiality ring order on the Competition […]

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F1 Red Bull saga: Lewis Silkin replaced by Goodwin

Lewis Silkin has been replaced by Goodwin Procter in the saga involving Red Bull, its boss Christian Horner and a female Red Bull employee. The Goodwin partners now representing the female individual are employment partner Alex Fisher and commercial litigator Sarah McAtominey. The pair joined the firm in February 2023 from Travers Smith and BCLP, […]


Claim spotter: Severn Trent in fresh dispute with Balfour Beatty

Greece’s largest bank in fresh dispute with Lloyd’s insurers Greece’s largest bank, Piraeus Bank, has filed a new claim in the Commercial Court alongside credit management body Intrum Hellas, against a number of insurers from Lloyd’s of London. The part 7 “insurance and/or reinsurance” claim is brought by shipping and trade law specialists BDM Law, […]

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F1 Red Bull saga: the law firms on call

As the saga continues to engulf Red Bull, its boss Christian Horner and a female Red Bull employee, The Lawyer takes a look at the law firms on call. It is understood that Harbottle & Lewis is providing advice on media law to Horner, the CEO of Red Bull who was accused of inappropriate behaviour […]

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Claim spotter: Morrisons faces claim from EV charging group

Bank files tort claim after challenging “misleading” ads According to the public filing system, Dorset firm TMS Legal is the subject of a new part 7 ‘miscellaneous’ tort claim filed last Monday (11 March) by Vanquis Banking Group. The filing comes after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that ads published by TMS, which encouraged users […]