Litigation

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

 

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Fountain Court completes new-look Tchenguiz legal team

With less than three months to go to trial, Fountain Court Chambers has been brought in to act for Robert Tchenguiz in his feud with Grant Thornton after he swapped incumbent adviser Stephenson Harwood for Debevoise & Plimpton. It is understood that Fountain Court silks Stephen Rubin QC and Charles Béar QC are now being instructed by […]

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Clifford Chance to streamline use of chambers in litigation shake-up

Clifford Chance is set to reduce the number of chambers it instructs, after an internal survey of its litigation practice revealed it was instructing too many individual sets. The Lawyer understands that senior management at the magic circle firm surveyed the entire practice to better understand the range of sets that were being instructed. A […]

High Court

Pinsents slammed for “shameful” treatment of defendants in Aeroflot case

A High Court judge has slammed Pinsent Masons for its actions following the death of Russian oligarch Nikolay Glushkov, accusing the firm of having lost “sight of any basic standard of decent and compassionate behaviour” in a long-running case brought by Russian airline Aeroflot. The litigation centered around allegations made against, among others, the late Russian oligarch […]

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Sector focus: litigation

What’s the litigation sector all about? The litigation department at Mayer Brown now covers a huge variety of practices and industries.  We act for employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in complex construction disputes on a range of projects from hospitals to defence facilities. These matters often have an international element, for example, I’ve had the opportunity to work on […]

British Airways

Linklaters and Eversheds lead in ongoing BA pensions dispute

Eversheds Sutherland has secured a decision to appeal a landmark High Court judgment for the pension trustees of the Linklaters-represented British Airways, which could see the airline pay out up to £12m in benefits. In a two-against-one decision, Lord Justice Patten dismissed the appeal while Lord Justices Lewison and Peter Jackson both elected to permit […]

Arrest warrant issued for Eurasian Resources Group CEO in SFO investigation

In the wake of the decade’s most important case concerning legal privilege, an arrest warrant has been issued against the CEO of the Eurasian Natural Resource Corporation (ENRC)’s parent company as part of the Serious Fraud Office’s ongoing investigation into a string of allegations. The warrant was issued against Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt […]

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Gibson Dunn advises Facebook in first blow over data scandal

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is advising Facebook in the ongoing probe into its data protection breaches, as it faces a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice group, dispute resolution partner Penny Madden is leading for Facebook in London, following a report by the ICO that claims […]

Hausfeld heads up BMW’s cartel claim in the High Court

Litigation boutique Hausfeld has filed a class action claim in the High Court for German car manufacturer BMW against two maritime transport companies, which were fined by the European Commission earlier this year for price-fixing. The firm filed the claim on 10 July in what is its third major class-action case, following earlier work against […]

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Mishcon enters the fray as Unaoil is summonsed by SFO

Mishcon de Reya clients Unaoil Monaco and Unaoil are the latest defendants to be drawn in to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into alleged conspiracy over the award of contracts in Iraq. Longtime Unaoil adviser and Mishcon partner Jo Rickards will lead for the firm in a case which already sees US outfits White & […]

Pinsents and 3VB seal victory over Goldman Sachs in banking dispute

Pinsent Masons and 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) took the lead roles for Portuguese banking group Novo Banco as it fought off two claims from a string of litigation heavyweights in the Supreme Court. Lord Sumption handed down the judgment in the Supreme Court, dismissing an appeal to an earlier decision over a liability transferred to […]

SFO fraud head: ‘DPAs will play a greater role in investigations’

Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) will play a greater role in fraud cases in the future, the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) fraud head Hannah von Dadelszen told in-house counsel today. Speaking at The Lawyer‘s In-House Financial Services conference in London, von Dadelszen said DPAs were a key tool to enforcement in an increasingly globalised and joined-up […]

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 […]

Global Litigation 50 2017

The Global Litigation Top 50 ranks the largest 50 firms in the world by litigation and arbitration revenue and also tracks headcount trends across the world’s leading litigation hotspots.

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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