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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 […]

Quinn and Pallas make their pitches to disgruntled Credit Suisse investors

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Pallas Partners have made separate pitches to Credit Suisse investors in the hope of pursuing litigation against those allegedly responsible for making the Swiss bank’s Additional Tier 1 Bonds (AT1s) worthless.  Credit Suisse’s AT1s were written down to zero last weekend after the Swiss Federal Department of Finance, the […]

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Kennedys and Weightmans called up for rugby injury legal action

Specialist sports boutique Rylands Garth has brought a claim on behalf of 54 former amateur rugby players against World Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Rugby Football Union (RFU). The players are bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the governing bodies, claiming they failed to protect them from permanent brain injury. In January, it was […]

Close Brothers sets up in-house litigation team

Merchant bank Close Brothers is to establish an in-house litigation team. The bank has set up a small litigation group led by head of bank legal, litigation, Jessica Wicker. It is understood that the group has been put together as the team works in a more structured and consistent way in relation to litigation. Wicker […]


Judges’ claim over part-time work status to be re-heard

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has successfully quashed an Employment Tribunal ruling in a case that pitted the Lord Chancellor against a group of 50 judges. The latest decision means the tribunal case will now need to be reheard. Five judges, represented by Leigh Day and Sintons, were selected by the initial Employment Tribunal as […]

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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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Skadden barrister moves over to Steptoe

Steptoe & Johnson is expanding its London litigation practice by hiring a barrister from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Jonathon Egerton-Peters has joined Steptoe as a partner. He focuses on international arbitration, litigation and tax across a range of sectors including tobacco, banking and energy. He has been at Skadden for nearly 14 years, […]


Paul Hastings hires litigator from Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has taken another hit in the city of London, after losing a partner to Paul Hastings. Wong previously spent six years as a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He then spent four years at Freshfields and more than seven years at Bird & Bird where he was given the nod to partner. He […]

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The Hearing: The CAT is pushing back; and call HSF if you want justice for your stranded jets

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hearing, your insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. Following last week’s first anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine, we consider how the landscape has changed for Russian litigation in London. First though, a judgment from the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) last week has provided a rare example of […]

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Pre-trial interview: The case to watch for insurers

Insurers, carriers and both English and international lawyers will be watching a Supreme Court battle closely today – one that has the potential to affect all disputes concerning who is liable when cargo is stolen under the CMR Convention. DWF represents the appellant and Polish carrier company Mark-Trans-Sped as it fights to overturn the binding […]

Litigation briefings

Navigating sanctions and contracts – ThinkHouse

David Lowe and Emma Carr discuss the impact of sanctions on contracts. They explain when sanctions could be a force majeure and what happens if there are no relevant sanctions but you still want to get out of the contract.

The reality of the value of ATE insurance for high-net-worth clients

I often hear commercial dispute resolution practitioners, unlike their personal injury and clinical negligence colleagues, say “Our clients are not interested in ATE Insurance or disbursement funding because they can afford to pay disbursements and bear the opponents costs if the case is unsuccessful”. I have a few things to say about this view.

Depp v Heard, and what is SLAPP litigation/Anti SLAPP?

Currently taking place in the Fairfax County Courthouse, Virginia, US, and with a celebrity witness line-up and livestream, Johnny Depp v Amber Heard is sure to attract the most column inches of any libel case this year.

Bitcoin dispute gives insight into English court’s approach

A company operated by a man claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous author of the white paper ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’, has had service of its claim form set aside in proceedings concerning bitcoin said to be worth approximately £3 billion.

Canada: Revisiting five noteworthy expropriation cases from 2021

In Expropriation Law: 2021 A Year in Review, Gowling WLG’s national Expropriation Law Group has summarized several complex and compelling expropriation cases from across Canada in 2021. In the article, the team highlights a number of important issues and key takeaways for those parties involved in the expropriation process.

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Stranded planes

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 […]