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The eight biggest moves at the Bar in March

Commercial juniors have been in high demand at the Bar of late, with Blackstone Chambers recruiting two barristers to help meet increasing activity. Elsewhere, Fountain Court also bolstered its commercial ranks, while 39 Essex and Doughty Street strengthened in public law and inquests respectively. Here are the eight biggest moves from March: Luka Krsljanin and […]

Six make the grade in Mishcon promotions

After last year’s reduced round of just two promotions, Mishcon de Reya has now added six lawyers to its partnership. This includes a total of four new female partners, with the firm bolstering its corporate, family, finance and real estate departments. Head of Mishcon Purpose Alexander Rhodes has also been given the nod, whose role […]

Former White & Case disputes partner lands at Goodwin

Goodwin has recruited a former White & Case partner to bolster its burgeoning City litigation practice, the latest component of its lateral hiring push. The US firm has added Hannah Field-Lowes, who left White & Case at the end of last year. In mid-May, Field-Lowes will join the firm’s London disputes team, which was launched […]

Eight make the grade in Stewarts’ largest-ever promotions round

After scrapping last year’s partner promotions, Stewarts has conducted its largest-ever round by adding eight new members. The boutique has bolstered different areas across its litigation offering by promoting lawyers in commercial litigation, trusts and probate, divorce and family, personal injury and clinical negligence. Those making the step up are Pia Mithani, Zachary Sananes, Emma […]

Middle Temple, Inns of Court

Chambers rethink real estate with office cutbacks

Barristers chambers in London are beginning to cut back on office space as they cope with continued remote working alongside financial difficulties. The Lawyer has identified four sets that have recently given up space at their respective inns, including Lamb Building, Lamb Chambers, 3 Temple Gardens and 6 Pump Court. The biggest move has been […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields’ hourly rates criticised after “indecent” legal bill

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing accusations of racking up an “indecent” legal bill after it revealed projected costs of almost £7m in the case of Roman Pipia v BGEO Group Limited. The claimant, represented by Steptoe & Johnson, recently described BGEO Group’s legal costs as “extraordinarily and unjustifiably high”, while also singling out the charge-out […]

Singapore

Essex Court’s Singapore presence hit by group exit

All six members of Essex Court Chambers‘ Singapore affiliate are to leave the practice, as the crisis around China sanctions deepens. The team departure comes less than 24 hours after the magic circle set lost Jern-Fei Ng QC in London to 7 Bedford Row. Those leaving Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore group practice) are VK Rajah […]

One Blackfriars

High Court clears BDO of wrongdoing in £250m One Blackfriars battle

A bitterly contested dispute over a high-profile London landmark has come to an end after the High Court dismissed a £250m claim against Mayer Brown client BDO. A lengthy verdict from John Kimbell QC sided in favour of the accountancy firm after a five-week trial last summer, with the judge ruling that BDO did not […]

Litigation briefings

Open justice and remote inquests: Allowing public and media video access to hearings

A simple legislative oversight at the start of the pandemic has meant that, whilst most other courts increased their accessibility to the public by giving access via remote video platforms, the Coroners Courts became more closed and secretive. All public, including accredited media representatives, have remained banned from watching any online broadcasts of coronial proceedings over the past twelve months.

CEE legislation tracker: Hungary

Table of Contents 1 Financial Support Measures 2 Capital Markets 3 Employment 4 Real Estate & Construction 5 Tax & Duties 6 Corporate, M&A 7 EU & Competition 8 Courts and Authorities 9 Healthcare 10 Insolvency & Restructuring 11 Insurance 12 Intellectual Property 13 Telecom & Data Protection 14 Other

€12,000 for failure to investigate acid attack breaching art 2 – but were all issues considered?

In Tershana v Albania [2020] ECHR 586; (2021) 72 EHRR 13, the authorities’ failure adequately to investigate an acid attack against a woman amounted to a breach of the procedural obligation under article 2, justifying damages of €12,000. In some ways, however, the judgment seems to be unsatisfying – citing cases that don’t quite fit the propositions stated and not examining potential breaches of articles 3 and 14.

No interest on general damages in police actions

The Court of Appeal has reiterated, in Rees v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2021] EWCA Civ 49, that since non-pecuniary damages in civil claims against the police. e.g. for loss of liberty, or distress and inconvenience, are generally assessed by reference to all matters leading up to the judgment, there will usually be no need for an additional award of interest.

Make no mistake, misrepresentation can be a problem

What are the options where contracts do not reflect what the parties intended? This briefing offers practical advice for correcting contracts following a mistake in the drafting or misrepresentation by one of the parties.