Litigation

Latest news coverage, analysis and white papers on litigation and dispute resolution matters in the UK

 

News

Gallery: The Hot 100 party 2019

Last Thursday night The Lawyer welcomed past and present members of the Hot 100 to a party at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel to celebrate their achievements. The Hot 100 2019, in association with AlixPartners and LexisNexis,was revealed on 29 January and recognises the standout lawyers in the UK over the past year – the […]

Deutsche

Two corporate giants on call for Deutsche Bank’s proposed banking tie-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hengeler Mueller are the lead firms advising Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank on their proposed merger. The Lawyer understands that Freshfields is working with Deutsche Bank, a longstanding client of the firm. City-based Sundeep Kapila is the firm’s global relationship partner for the bank, while partner Gunnar Schuster is believed to hold […]

St Pauls Hotel

City firms called in on £1bn hotel deal

A quartet of firms have won top roles on the £1bn sale of four of the Grange Hotel’s London leases, while Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance took the lead on financing matters. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Hogan Lovells, Brown Rudnick and Gowling WLG all advised on the sale of the buildings to Queensgate […]

Longer than Charles I: Kerr extends TwoBirds reign to 26 years

Bird & Bird has re-elected CEO David Kerr for another three-year stint in the position, meaning that by the end of this term he will have been in charge for 26 years. Kerr was elected unopposed, with the tech partner having held the position since 1996. The stint easily makes Kerr one of the longest-serving […]

Post Office

Judge berates Post Office for “oppressive” behaviour in group action claim

The Post Office, represented by Womble Bond Dickinson, has lost a landmark ruling in the first of four cases related to alleged electronic failures at the company that resulted in postmaster job losses and convictions for false accounting. In the first significant judgment concerning the contractual relationship between the Post Office and its agents, Justice […]

Clydes client Grant Thornton granted extra time to pay in £22m damages claim

Clyde & Co client Grant Thornton has been granted an extension to pay nearly £22m in damages to fire and emergency services provider AssestCo, which brought a negligence claim against its former auditor. The AIM-listed company was awarded the sum against Grant Thornton, which put in an application to stay. This application was rejected by […]

Counsel highlights ‘delicious irony’ of Brexit’s effects on human rights law

Human rights expert Becket Bedford says a ground-breaking case that attempts to hold the European Union liable in an English court for the Union’s violation of fundamental human rights a “delicious irony of law”. As first counsel for the claimants in Tomanovic v European Union [2019] EWHC 263 (QB) Mr Bedford of No5 Barristers’ Chambers presented the case […]

No5 barrister acts for prosecution in body modification case

Jonas Hankin QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, acted for the prosecution in a body modification case in which the practitioner admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm after unsuccessfully claiming the consent of his customers gave him a lawful defence. Brendan McCarthy, who ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium in Wolverhampton, carried out consensual procedures […]

Murder trial prosecution success for No5 counsel Michael Duck QC and Martin Liddiard

Following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court Michael Duck QC has seen murderer David Olczyk jailed for life for beating Kristof Zwolinski to death. Michael Duck QC, leading Martin Liddiard in the prosecution of the case, told the court that the 47-year-old victim was viciously assaulted and was kicked, punched and stamped on following […]

Featured litigation briefings

Challenging an IVA on the grounds of material irregularity

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore In Gertner v CFL Finance Ltd [2018] the Court of Appeal found that there had been a material irregularity at the creditors’ meeting convened to consider the debtor’s IVA proposals. The lender’s breach of the good faith principle between creditors was sufficient to revoke the IVA on grounds of material irregularity.

Liability for intentional torts by workers

By Mark Josselyn Earlier this year the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) found that a corporate respondent was liable for the violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code perpetrated upon the applicant by the personal respondent in the course of his employment, relying upon the analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada in Robichaud v. […]

Court confirms breach of contract despite absence of negligence

By Daniel Wood The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the high-profile case of MT Højgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables. The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision and – in so doing – has provided useful clarification in respect of various important principles… …In this decision, the Supreme Court was willing […]

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Adjudicator had jurisdiction – rights reassigned in the nick of time

This article was first published on Practical Law’s Construction Blog By Ebony Alleyne In Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Construction Ltd, the TCC confirmed the armoured quality of an adjudicator’s decision, despite a valiant jurisdictional challenge. The enforcement action was set against a zigzagging tale of assignment and reassignment… What was the dispute? The […]

Litigation Tracker: Court Rankings

Firms and chambers will be able to chart their court appearances for the first time with the launch of The Lawyer Litigation Tracker’s Court Rankings. Drawing on data from over 5,000 recorded judgments in English civil courts from 2015 and 2016, The Court Rankings report ranks 50 law firms and 20 chambers by court, sector […]

Finance litigation briefing Nov 16: impecuniosity; and more

By Greg Standing, Ian Weatherall Enforcement and priority of an unpaid vendor’s lien Doubly-secured creditor and the doctrine of marshalling Indefinite suspension of bankrupt’s discharge Petitioning creditor must be a current creditor Impecuniosity no grounds for granting relief from sanction Enforcement and priority of an unpaid vendor’s lien We last reported on the case of […]

Global Litigation Top 50 2016

The Global Litigation Top 50 ranks the largest 50 firms in the world by the litigation and arbitration revenue they generate. We look at financial metrics such as total revenue, revenue per litigation partner and revenue per litigation lawyer and litigation revenue per jurisdiction as well as headcount trends across the time period for which […]

Enforcing foreign judgments in Switzerland – a Q&A

Dieter A Hofmann and Oliver M Kunz Treaties Is your country party to any bilateral or multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments? What is the country’s approach to entering into these treaties and what if any amendments or reservations has your country made to such treaties? Switzerland is party to […]

Part 36, CPR: the reformed settlement regime in practice

Significant changes to Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) came into effect in April 2015.  The key changes are explained in Walker Morris’ earlier briefing, Part 36 changes: What you need to know. As the new rules start to bed in, Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris review some of […]

Alton Towers fined £5m for ‘needless and avoidable’ accident

By Philip Ryan A day after the Health & Safety Executive announced it would be prosecuting the manufacturer of an ejector seat which fatally deployed while a Hawk jet was on the ground, a Midlands’ Court has handed down a record fine for a non-fatal accident in the UK. Merlin Attractions Operations Limited (‘Merlin’) was fined […]

Register now to The Lawyer to access our latest news stories, read selected briefings from key firms and gain essential careers insight to help you make the most of your current and future roles.

Contact Us: if you have any questions regarding your subscription, call us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 or email us at customerservices@thelawyer.com

Register now

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 | email: customerservices@thelawyer.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here