Middle Temple, Inns of Court

Chambers rethink real estate with office cutbacks

Barristers chambers in London are beginning to cut back on office space as they cope with continued remote working alongside financial difficulties. The Lawyer has identified four sets that have recently given up space at their respective inns, including Lamb Building, Lamb Chambers, 3 Temple Gardens and 6 Pump Court. The biggest move has been […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields’ hourly rates criticised after “indecent” legal bill

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing accusations of racking up an “indecent” legal bill after it revealed projected costs of almost £7m in the case of Roman Pipia v BGEO Group Limited. The claimant, represented by Steptoe & Johnson, recently described BGEO Group’s legal costs as “extraordinarily and unjustifiably high”, while also singling out the charge-out […]

High Court

City trio enters fray in Russian oligarch scrap

Steptoe & Johnson’s client PJSC National Bank Trust has succeeded in adding three new defendants to a mammoth oligarch dispute in London, with Kennedys, Boies Schiller Flexner and Brown Rudnick wading into the legal-line-up. The dispute at hand is PJSC National Bank Trust v Boris Mints & Ors. Kennedys, Boies Schiller and Brown Rudnick, defending […]

Google

Google instructs RPC in Fortnite battle against Clifford Chance

RPC is set to defend Google against a claim from the studio behind hit game Fortnite after the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) recently granted Clifford Chance permission to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction. This development coincides with the CAT’s rejection of Epic Games’ attempt to also serve proceedings against Apple, meaning that Google remains […]