Claim Spotter: New suit filed in Burlakov oligarch saga

Clash across the Atlantic as ING Bank takes on Bank of Utah Dutch multinational banking giant ING Bank has been hit with a new claim filed this week by the Bank of Utah (BoU), a community bank owned and operated in Utah, USA. BoU has instructed RPC, filing its claim in the Commercial Court last […]

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In court this week: Trains, Spain and London’s ExCel

Justin Gutmann’s boundary fares class action trial begins The trial in the class action regarding rail fares, brought by class representative Justin Gutmann, kicks off today (17 June) in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) for three weeks with a further week in reserve. Gutmann, represented by Charles Lyndon, alleges that the defendant rail companies abused […]

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The Hearing: It’s awards season in Singapore upon Thames

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK’s litigation market. After London International Disputes Week concluded on Friday, normal service has resumed for the UK’s litigators – and what a busy week it is. Not only is the first section 90A FSMA case finally coming to trial in what could be a […]

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Claim Spotter: Cantor Fitzgerald and Shell in fresh disputes

Cantor takes on digital consultants Trianz US financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald launched a new dispute in the London Circuit Commercial Court last week, targeting software and services company Trianz digital with a part 7 ‘general commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim. A part 7 claim seeks monetary damages from the defendant. The nature of Cantor’s […]

HSF settles lawsuit brought by ex-KPMG partner

Herbert Smith Freehills has settled a lawsuit that was set to go to trial tomorrow (11 June) for 10 days, brought by the former head of restructuring at KPMG Singapore. Claimant Graham Martin filed the case in April 2022, alleging that a HSF partner employed by Martin in 2017 told KPMG about his debts without […]

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In court this week: Manchester City, Serco and HSF

Manchester City goes to war with the Premier League Manchester City’s two week case against the Premier League is set to kick off today in London. The four-in-a-row champions launched arbitral proceedings against the governing body back in February, challenging the League’s own rules. Manchester City has long been battling the League over various matters […]

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LCM backs Amazon “Buy Box” collective action for second time

Third-party funder Litigation Capital Management (LCM) has thrown its hat in the ring for the second time to back a £1bn class action against Amazon regarding its “Buy Box” feature. In November 2022, it was announced that Hausfeld would be bringing a collective action against Amazon on behalf of 50 million consumers represented by class […]

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The Hearing: £150,000? Junior barristers are laughing

Welcome to the Hilary term and welcome back to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. As the market gears up for the busy dash to summer, three of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases are set to hit the courts this month: British American Tobacco’s $800m challenge to PwC over its […]

Claim Spotter: Investment platform takes on Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood in new dispute with alternative investment platform Stephenson Harwood is at the receiving end of a fresh dispute brought by alternative investment platform Yieldstreet, filed on 31 May in the Commercial Court. Yieldstreet has instructed HFW to bring a part 7 ‘General commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim on its behalf. A part 7 […]

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In court this week: PwC, Trucks and VietJet

British American Tobacco takes on PwC over negligence row British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary BTI is taking on Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) this week for a 39-day trial beginning tomorrow (4 June). The next eight weeks will see Hogan Lovells represent BTI as it goes head-to-head with Reed Smith for PwC in the Financial […]

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Crispin Odey launches defamation claim against FT

A claim has been issued against the Financial Times by Crispin Odey, nearly a year after the newspaper’s investigation into the hedge fund manager was published. In June 2023 the FT published an investigation with allegations of sexual harassment or assault from 13 women who had worked for his firm, Odey Asset Management. Odey yesterday […]

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Spotlight: Facing the music with Wiggin

In this week’s Spotlight, we take a look at Wiggin’s music team to discover the disputes behind our favourite hits. The market: The music industry has been one of the hardest hit by emerging technologies and mediums such as shortform video and artificial intelligence (AI). Streaming now dominates how music is consumed, and while it’s […]

Claim spotter: Axiom Ince saga continues with fresh SRA matter

SRA files new claim over Axiom Ince collapse The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has filed a new matter with the courts. Listed on the public filing system against the former boss of collapsed firm Axiom Ince, Pragnesh Modhwadia, the suit is listed as a Part 8 miscellaneous matter, which usually seeks the court’s decision on […]

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In court this week: Glencore litigation gears up for first hearing

Mammoth Glencore securities litigation goes for first CMC Hundreds of claimants participate in five separate matters, with representation from Stewarts, Pallas Partners, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, BCLP and Fox Williams. The Glencore group action is a mammoth case, due to go before the Business and Property Courts for a three-day CMC beginning tomorrow (21 […]

Court goes against HSF as negligence spat heats up

A long-running negligence claim launched by an ex-KPMG Singapore partner against Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has taken a new turn after inconsistencies were alleged against a key witness of the firm. The claimant in the proceedings is KPMG’s ex-head of restructuring, Graham Martin, who instructed HSF in 2017 to challenge a worldwide freezing order brought […]