The Hearing: Boies Schiller test drives new identity; and Supreme Court reverts to the days of “grey anonymity”

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week, we put our ear to the Supreme Court (SC). The country’s top judges are used to handling complex disputes, but some are fed up of colleagues keen on making waves. Plus, watch out, as we hear litigation […]

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RPC denies breach of duty as negligence row wraps up

RPC has said it did not breach any of the duties it owed to a former client, as the professional negligence case brought against the firm draws to a close. The firm has spent the last eight days at the Leeds Circuit Commercial Court defending several allegations brought against it by former client Deborah Forster. […]

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Our Verdict: Met Police reputation in tatters; and Clydes makes oil firm pay $1.6m over botched drilling project

This week saw a judge rule on a “troubling” police disciplinary process, while a Swansea-based law firm failed to have negligence allegations thrown out. Over at the Court of Appeal, a London-listed oil and gas company was also forced to pay out $1.6m over a drilling project gone wrong in Cameroon. Judge labels police disciplinary […]

The Hearing: Barristers must up their form-filling game; and water companies better start flattering the Supreme Court

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. This week we look at how the floodgates may be about to open to mass claims from landowners against water companies, and how the working hours of financial crime and corporate compliance lawyers are in the hands of those […]

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Our Verdict: “Dieselgate” rumbles on for HSF client Mercedes-Benz

This week saw Justice Secretary Dominic Raab’s intervention in probation service procedures ruled unlawful. But in better news for the UK Government, the Foreign Office’s sanction regime against Belarus succeeded in a challenge hoping to overturn it. Herbert Smith Freehills’ client Mercedes Benz was also at the High Court, attempting to determine the scope of […]

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Parties prep £10bn aviation lawsuit: here’s who is involved

A mammoth dispute between leasing companies and their insurers is set for trial next year, as firms including Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Clifford Chance seek to claim losses for stranded jets in Russia. Here’s the legal line-up. The litigation could be one of the most significant matters to be heard by the High Court, […]


In court this week: Russian aviation dispute, HMRC and Volkswagen

Mammoth aviation dispute heads for CMC A $3.5bn aviation claim arising from the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine is set to head to the Commercial Court for a two-day case management conference (CMC) today (13 March). The dispute boils down to stranded jets and aeroplanes left in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. […]

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The Hearing: Firms rush to join LME nickel trade dispute; and how’s your opening argument?

In this week’s edition, we look at Kingsley Napley’s daring move to enter the London IP disputes market. Plus, we discuss how your opposing counsel’s emotional opening salvo in their skeleton argument isn’t really written for you. But first, let’s look at the latest litigation updates on the London Metal Exchange’s (LME) dramatic suspension of […]

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Claim Spotter: Greenberg Traurig faces professional negligence claim, while Northampton Uni fends off lawsuit

Former Georgia ministers and PM hit with English lawsuit  Georgian politicians, including the former Prime Minister of the country, have been slapped with a miscellaneous lawsuit in the English High Court. Georgian born-British citizen Zaza Okuashvili, along with his British-domiciled business Allied Global Tobacco, have filed the claim. Okuashvili is the founder and owner of […]

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Parties close in on settlement in Quinn’s forex dispute

The dispute between a large group of investment funds and defendant banking giants regarding alleged rigging in the foreign exchange (FX) market is close to reaching a settlement agreement, The Lawyer understands. The dispute follows on from the EU competition watchdog’s finding that many banks used online chat rooms to share information about customers’ trading activities to […]