Litigation

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sfo

SFO withdraws arrest warrant against MoFo client in ENRC case

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has withdrawn the arrest warrant it had issued against the chief executive of the Eurasian Resources Group, in the latest development to the agency’s long-running investigation into its subsidiary company ENRC. Last month, the SFO announced that ERG’s CEO Benedikt Sobotka was wanted for alleged refusal to comply to an […]

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RPC hit with professional negligence claim over client costs

Lawyers from RPC have had their actions described as falling “someway short of what competent solicitors would have done” as a district court judge in Leeds declined the firm’s application to throw out a professional negligence claim against it. RPC had been advising the founder of tech company Stayput Solutions Deborah Forster during her protracted legal […]

Royal Mail

Ashurst client Royal Mail hit with £50m fine for competition breaches

Royal Mail, advised by a team from Ashurst, has been unable to fend off a £50m fine from Ofcom, after an investigation into the business’s practices in 2014 found the delivery giant had “abused its dominant position in bulk mail delivery”. Three-partner firm Towerhouse advised Whistl, then known as TNT, which was trying to break into […]

money finance

Stewarts sets new targets as turnover plummets 20%

Stewarts is targeting £100m revenue by 2022, despite turnover falling by 20.2 per cent last year after several of its most prominent cases ended in 2016/17. Turnover fell back down to £62.4mn from a high of £78.1m. Double-digit growth at the firm in 2016/17 saw its average profit per equity partner (PEP) outstrip the magic circle […]

High Court

Brick Court overhauls clerking structure as senior duo step aside

Brick Court Chambers has announced a reshuffling of its clerking structure after its senior clerking vanguard of Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler were replaced by Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison. Hawes will stay on at Brick Court where he will become its director of clerking, while Moyler has left the set after four decades to […]

London

White & Case boosts litigation practice with double-partner hire

White & Case has drafted in two new litigation partners from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. International arbitration partner David Robertson has joined the firm from BCLP, while commercial litigation partner Steven Baker will also boost the practice after his arrival from Cadwalader. Baker – whose practice focuses largely on […]

Dentons world

Litigation and the magic circle: have global ambitions plateaued?

The magic circle has reached a natural ceiling in the proportionate level of litigation revenue they generate, a trend that will make future investment in growing their disputes teams less likely, new data in The Lawyer’s Global Litigation 50 suggests. The top 10 global disputes firms of 2018 This year’s analysis of the quartet’s performance […]

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Linklaters launches eDiscovery service to “bridge a gap in the market”

Linklaters has launched a new eDiscovery technology platform to increase efficiency in the document review process. The firm will use piece of software called Servient, a third-party supplier aimed at saving costs and smoothing reviews all the way from document ingestion to production. “Historically, firms like ours use a third-party provider to provide documents review […]

Linda Woolley

Kingsley Napley targeting up to 30% growth by 2020

Kingsley Napley has laid out a new business plan for the firm, which targets turnover growth of 30 per cent ahead of its planned office move in 2020. Managing partner Linda Woolley wants turnover to increase from £39.9m in 2017/18 to between £46m and £52m, and is also keen on raising profitability at the firm […]

Supreme Court

PAG’s hopes dashed as Supreme Court quashes RBS Libor appeal

The Property Alliance Group’s (PAG) two-year battle with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has ended after the Supreme Court dismissed a final appeal from the Manchester-based property developer. Lords Kerr, Sumption and Hughes agreed with the 2 March judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal as well as ordered PAG to pay RBS’s […]

Featured litigation briefings

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 […]

More light shed on the matter

Has the court finally got the balance right between developers and neighbours when it comes to enforcing rights to light? By Lucy Jones This article comments on the unreported Court of Appeal case of Ottecroft Ltd v Scandia Care Ltd & Anor, 2016. The facts  The parties occupied adjoining properties. The defendant began construction works […]

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