Litigation

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King & Spalding loses QC to Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has secured the services of a high-profile silk from private practice, with Stuart Isaacs QC joining the set from King & Spalding. After a five-year stint as a partner in the global disputes team at King & Spalding, the commercial specialist will now resume his practice at the Bar. Isaacs is the second […]

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Ely Place Chambers to close its doors for good after two decades

Ely Place Chambers is to cease operations from the end of July, as the Bar as a whole faces economic upheaval during the coronavirus pandemic. The set will not continue “in its present form” from the summer, at which point some members are expected to move to new homes. Others are “investigating creating a new […]

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DWF secures landmark Supreme Court turnaround for Morrisons

DWF, Blackstone Chambers and 11KBW today pulled off a dramatic victory for Morrisons in the Supreme Court, as it ruled that the supermarket chain was not ‘vicariously liable’ for a mammoth data breach that affected over 100,000 employees. In a judgment handed down by five justices via live stream on Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court unanimously […]

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Humphries Kerstetter cuts charge-out rates for clients

In anticipation of the economic impact that coronavirus will have on clients, Humphries Kerstetter is making the bold move to cut its charge-out rates across the board. Partner rates, which previously ranged between £390 to £450 an hour, will be set at a standard £350 as of April 1 2020. While reductions will apply to […]

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Litigation review: 2019’s busiest chambers in the courts

Magic circle set Blackstone racked up the most court appearances in 2019, according to The Lawyer’s latest Litigation Tracker figures. According to the data, the barristers chambers involved in the most cases last year was Blackstone Chambers, with the set instructed on 182 cases across 482 case days in 2020. The standout dispute was Gina Miller’s claim over […]

Mishcon client granted freezing order in bitter fight over Turkish funds

The High Court has delivered another blow to businessman Hamdi Akin Ipek, after it granted a freezing injunction that prevents him from using funds held by a Turkish mining conglomerate. Ipek wanted to use millions of Koza Ltd’s funds to pay for a personal international arbitration dispute between him and the Republic of Turkey. Following […]

Court sides with Womble Bond Dickinson in dispute over tycoon fine

Business tycoon Philip Day has failed in a bid to make his former solicitors at Womble Bond Dickinson stump up the bill for his £450,000 fine imposed in 2017 by the Crown Court. Day was accused of causing the unauthorised cutting down of 43 trees and subsequent construction of a vehicle track in Cumbria. Criminal […]

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Fieldfisher loses white-collar partner to US firm

Fieldfisher has lost another female partner, this time from its white collar practice, following a spate of similar exits in the past few months. Partner and barrister Francesca Titus is set to join the London office of US outfit McGuireWoods. Titus spent four years at Fieldfisher, where she focused on corporate criminal law, investigations and […]

Mills & Reeve triumphs for NHS in scrap over pharma drug

In a decision that could potentially save the NHS up to £500m a year, Mills & Reeve and Landmark Chambers yesterday secured a monumental Court of Appeal victory over Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, duly defeating two big pharma companies in the process. The contentious rematch saw both Bayer and Novartis fail to […]

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Coronavirus: What the courts are doing

With coronavirus restrictions disrupting all aspects of society, it has been a challenging time for everybody – not least the judiciary system. So far, a number of courtrooms have been instructed to hear cases remotely or to adjourn hearings, however, there is no set rule yet applied to all of the UK’s courts. The Employment […]

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Signature partner reunites with HSF colleague for new venture

Signature Litigation partner Simon Bushell is leaving the boutique after three years, having joined in 2017 from Latham & Watkins. Bushell was also at Latham for three years and previously headed the US firm’s London litigation practice. He has set up a new firm called Seladore Legal, alongside Gareth Keillor, a former of counsel at […]

Litigation briefings

Labour and employment disputes review

The way in which a labour and employment dispute is resolved in Switzerland depends essentially on whether (1) the employment relationship is governed by private law or public law, and (2) the dispute arises from an individual employment relationship (individual dispute) or from a collective labour agreement between employers or employer organisations and trade unions […]

BVI Norwich Pharmacal relief: an international problem resolved

By Nicholas Burkill The BVI Commercial Court has just delivered a judgment that answers the question raised in the BVI as a result of two English decisions questioning the availability of Norwich Pharmacal relief for the purposes of overseas proceedings. In the first written judgment on the issue delivered on 10 March 2020, Wallbank J […]

Execution of deeds by physically absent signatories

Why is Bioconstruct v Winspear of interest? Transactions and legal documents are often completed in the absence of authorised signatories, with pre-signed pages sometimes still being affixed to facilitate completion where parties and signatories are not all in the same room.  In some cases, the documents in question may have been altered or amended in […]

The importance of the Court of Justice of the European Union Practice in Ensuring Passenger Rights in Accordance with Regulation 261/2004

1. Background In a world where air travel is becoming more frequent and affordable, Regulation (EC) no. 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing […]

Tools and innovative solutions for increasing access to international arbitration

Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed to tailor and streamline […]

Legal update: Rusnano Capital AG

The Guernsey Court of Appeal in Molard International (PTC) Limited and Pullborough Int. Corp v Rusnano Capital AG (in liquidation),has recently upheld the Deputy Bailiff’s interpretation of Section 53(3) of the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007 (the Law) that a sole beneficiary can use that section of the Law to terminate a discretionary trust even if […]

Inadvertent e-mail contracts

Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist, Senior Associate Kathryn Vickers, reports on Athena v Superdrug [1], the latest case to highlight the risks of doing business informally over e-mail, and offers good practice advice for businesses.

Formal guidance on compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

The government’s stark message to “stay at home” has undoubtedly caused much confusion and concern for parents in shared childcare arrangements with their ex-spouses/partners. The government has provided some guidance to parents who find themselves in this predicament and has confirmed that as of 24 March 2020 where parents do not live in the same […]

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