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Shakespeares’ client wins first step of Richard III film defamation suit

A defamation claim brought by a Shakespeare Martineau client against Wiggin-repped Steve Coogan and film studios Pathé and Baby Cow productions has succeeded in its preliminary trial over Coogan’s Richard III film, The Lost King. Judge Lewis handed down judgment today (14 June), ruling on what, under common law, “a hypothetical reasonable viewer” would understand […]

EasyJet

‘We need specialists’: EasyJet boss hits out at judges after trademark defeat

EasyGroup founder and chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called out chancery judges in a statement released today (13 June) after Justice Bacon ruled against the company in a claim brought against cosmetics company Beauty Perfectionists in the High Court. He has already stated his intention to appeal the ruling. Haji-Ioannou said: “We have found that there […]

Macfarlanes

HSF partner departs for Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has restocked its corporate crime and investigations team with a hire from Herbert Smith Freehills. Brian Spiro will join the UK firm as a senior adviser. He has been a partner at HSF for nearly seven years, spending the majority of his career at BCL Solicitors and Simons Muirhead & Burton. He trained at […]

Post Office

Addleshaws raises sub-postmasters’ ire for work on redress scheme

Multiple firms have been involved in some way in the Post Office scandal, acting either for the company itself, the claimants or the UK Government. With the treatment of hundreds of sub-postmasters recognised as one of the UK’s greatest miscarriages of justice, any work tied to the scandal has the potential to become controversial. This […]

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Victory for Quinn as Argentina loses €1.3bn appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Republic of Argentina over a €1.3bn payment sought by a group of bondholders, which bailed the country out in 2005. The matter featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2022. An appeal was launched by Argentina, represented by Sullivan & Cromwell, which intended […]

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Post Office hit with new disclosure claim from SRA

Yesterday (11 June) the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s investigation into the Post Office took a new turn as it filed a part 8 claim before the Business List of the High Court. The Lawyer understands the filing is an application for a section 44BB order from the Court, which orders an entity not regulated by the […]

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The Hearing: It’s awards season in Singapore upon Thames

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK’s litigation market. After London International Disputes Week concluded on Friday, normal service has resumed for the UK’s litigators – and what a busy week it is. Not only is the first section 90A FSMA case finally coming to trial in what could be a […]

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Claim Spotter: Cantor Fitzgerald and Shell in fresh disputes

Cantor takes on digital consultants Trianz US financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald launched a new dispute in the London Circuit Commercial Court last week, targeting software and services company Trianz digital with a part 7 ‘general commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim. A part 7 claim seeks monetary damages from the defendant. The nature of Cantor’s […]

HSF settles lawsuit brought by ex-KPMG partner

Herbert Smith Freehills has settled a lawsuit that was set to go to trial tomorrow (11 June) for 10 days, brought by the former head of restructuring at KPMG Singapore. Claimant Graham Martin filed the case in April 2022, alleging that a HSF partner employed by Martin in 2017 told KPMG about his debts without […]

Recruiters depart Bar search firm to launch rival agency

A group of recruiters have departed from Chambers recruitment agency ABC Chambers Solutions, leaving the company with two dedicated recruiters. ABC was launched in 2012 by former clerk Bill Conner and is one of the few central recruitment agencies in the market for Chambers staff and barristers, alongside GRL Legal and Chambers People. The Lawyer […]

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Pogust Goodhead accounts overdue by two months

Specialist class action firm Pogust Goodhead is late to file its accounts, but has said it is “in contact” with Companies House and that the “matter will be resolved shortly.” The firm is known for securing a settlement in the 2022 Volkswagen emissions group litigation as well as taking 14 car manufacturers to court over […]

One Essex Court silks to take hot seat at Post Office Inquiry

Lord Grabiner KC, the former head of One Essex Court (OEC), and colleague Anthony de Garr Robinson KC are set to be quizzed in the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry tomorrow. The two barristers, both long-time legal heavyweights, were instructed by Womble Bond Dickinson to defend the Post Office in the High Court group litigation […]

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Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]

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$300m Ukrainian aircraft claim thrown out by Commercial Court

As the mammoth Russian aircraft claim make its way to trial in October, a similar case involving jets stranded in Ukraine has been struck out. The smaller Ukrainian aircraft claim has been stayed by the Commercial Court in a judgment handed down today. Aircraft lessor claimants represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, Hausfeld and McGuireWoods have […]

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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Manchester City

In court this week: Manchester City, Serco and HSF

Manchester City goes to war with the Premier League Manchester City’s two week case against the Premier League is set to kick off today in London. The four-in-a-row champions launched arbitral proceedings against the governing body back in February, challenging the League’s own rules. Manchester City has long been battling the League over various matters […]

Amazon

LCM backs Amazon “Buy Box” collective action for second time

Third-party funder Litigation Capital Management (LCM) has thrown its hat in the ring for the second time to back a £1bn class action against Amazon regarding its “Buy Box” feature. In November 2022, it was announced that Hausfeld would be bringing a collective action against Amazon on behalf of 50 million consumers represented by class […]

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The Hearing: £150,000? Junior barristers are laughing

Welcome to the Hilary term and welcome back to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. As the market gears up for the busy dash to summer, three of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases are set to hit the courts this month: British American Tobacco’s $800m challenge to PwC over its […]

Claim Spotter: Investment platform takes on Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood in new dispute with alternative investment platform Stephenson Harwood is at the receiving end of a fresh dispute brought by alternative investment platform Yieldstreet, filed on 31 May in the Commercial Court. Yieldstreet has instructed HFW to bring a part 7 ‘General commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim on its behalf. A part 7 […]

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In court this week: PwC, Trucks and VietJet

British American Tobacco takes on PwC over negligence row British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary BTI is taking on Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) this week for a 39-day trial beginning tomorrow (4 June). The next eight weeks will see Hogan Lovells represent BTI as it goes head-to-head with Reed Smith for PwC in the Financial […]

Financial Times

Crispin Odey launches defamation claim against FT

A claim has been issued against the Financial Times by Crispin Odey, nearly a year after the newspaper’s investigation into the hedge fund manager was published. In June 2023 the FT published an investigation with allegations of sexual harassment or assault from 13 women who had worked for his firm, Odey Asset Management. Odey yesterday […]