Litigation

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

 

Quinn and Norton Rose face off in Ukraine-Russia bond battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has secured victory for Ukraine in a long-running stand-off between the nation and Russia over the terms of a $3bn bond. The case was heard in the Court of Appeal last week, with the decision overturning a previous one made by the now-retired Mr Justice Blair – brother of former Prime […]

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Addleshaws’ Scottish arm “unduly influenced” by Barclays in insolvency row

The family-owned business suing Addleshaw Goddard‘s Scottish arm has accused the firm of a breach of duty by allowing itself to fall under the “informal control” of Barclays during an insolvency process, documents seen by The Lawyer reveal. When Arthur Holgate & Son (AH&S) entered into insolvency in 2012, Deloitte turned to Addleshaws’ Scottish arm HBJ Gateley for […]

No5 Barristers Chambers’ Jonas Hankin secures murder conviction

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ crime specialist Jonas Hankin QC has secured a murder conviction for the sexually-motivated killing of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling. Richard Bailey, 41, was handed a life sentence with a minimum 29-year jail term for the murder of the mother-of-two. Unemployed Bailey, who was arrested in Coventry earlier this year, had denied charges of […]

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VW faces £8bn damages claim from shareholders in Germany

Volkswagen (VW) is facing a new €9bn (£8.1bn) claim from roughly 4,000 shareholders in light of the company’s emissions scandal. Despite the fact that the automobile giant is a key client of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, giving a number of instructions in Germany, VW is instead instructing German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschutz on the matter. The […]

Stewarts leads in Iranian fraud dispute as legal line-up changes

The defendant in a five-year legal battle against an Iranian investment authority has dropped their former adviser – believed to be Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner – in a case involving claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and bribery. Iranian-American businessman Farhad Azima has now turned to Zaiwalla & Co for representation, as he faces claims from Stewarts client Ras Al Khaimah […]

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SFO loses third investigation controller in 18 months

Three major Serious Fraud Office investigations in the last 18 months have now seen a change in case controller, after the departure of the senior lawyer in charge of the ENRC probe. John Gibson had been acting as case controller for the SFO’s investigation in the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and his loss comes […]

Shoosmiths advises NVM PE firm on its investment into Clarilis, a software solutions provider for legal industry

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has advised NVM Private Equity (NVM) on its £3.1m investment into Clarilis Limited, a provider of automated solutions software for the legal industry. Clarilis, which is based in Birmingham and was founded by brothers James and Kevin Quinn in 2015, is a fast-growing business with clients throughout the UK […]

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Slaughters finally seals hire of former SFO director David Green QC

Slaughter and May has finally confirmed it has hired former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director David Green QC as a senior consultant. Sources had claimed conflict issues were causing a hold up in the firm’s high-profile hire, but Slaughters has said Green will not work on matters in which he was involved while at the SFO. Green’s […]

London Stock Exchange

Former A&O senior partner to lead Vannin’s £70m float

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley has joined litigation funder Vannin Capital as its new non-executive chairman, as the business sets out its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Morley has been brought on board to lead Vannin’s board of directors ahead of the funder’s float. He was a partner at […]

No5 barrister secures conviction of mother who allowed manslaughter of her son

A mother, prosecuted by David Mason QC from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, for allowing the 2016 manslaughter of her six-month-old son Kayden has been jailed. Laura Davies, 25, of Walnut Close, Bilston, was convicted last month of allowing Kayden’s manslaughter at the hands of his father Ricky Walker, 27, of the same address. She was jailed […]

Two No5 Counsel see acquittal of manslaughter charge

Two No5 Counsel have secured an acquittal for a man facing a manslaughter charge over the death of a Nuneaton pensioner. Michael Duck QC led Simon Hunka for the defence in the case, which saw Adam Matthew Johnson, 29, of Tudor Road, Nuneaton, charged with unlawfully killing 72-year-old Michael Wood at the pensioner’s home in […]

Featured litigation briefings

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. […]

Artificial intelligence and international arbitration

By Thomas Snider, Sergejs Dilevka and Camelia Aknouche The last two decades have witnessed phenomenal advancements in information technology (IT), which have fostered a remarkable level of innovation in products and services offered across numerous industries. Yet, international arbitration, forming part of the legal services industry, has been so far practically unaffected by such developments. […]

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 […]

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