Litigation

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

 

Alison Levitt QC

Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]

Quinn gets go-ahead for Mastercard battle with Freshfields

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will go head-to-head next year, as the US firm moves one step closer to bringing the largest class action lawsuit in the UK courts. Lord Justices Patten, Hamblen and Roth have given Quinn the right to challenge the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) refusal to grant the […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers helps in prosecution in a murder trial

Michael Duck QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, is leading the prosecution in a murder trial following the death of a schoolboy. Ozell Pemberton, a former pupil at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, was fatally knifed outside McDonald’s in Sutton Coldfield in May this year following an earlier incident between two groups of youths. Two people […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP targets quicker response in disputes cases with new AI tool

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has launched a new artificial intelligence service that will extensively assess the legal risks of early-stage disputes and investigations in about 14 days. The service, called Clear/Cut, was developed in-house over the year by a team of litigators and technologists that included the firm’s forensic technology team, legal project management experts and […]

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SFO drops “no-show” claim against CEO of ENRC parent company

In a further development to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into the ENRC, the government body has withdrawn its case against the parent company’s chief executive, nearly four months after issuing a warrant for his arrest. The CEO of the Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka, had been called for questioning in July in line with the […]

Robert Dedman

King & Spalding goes in-house for latest white collar hire

KIng & Spalding has hired a former lawyer from the Bank of England in a bid to grow its UK investigations practice, a year after bringing on board a partner from the Financial Reporting Council to kickstart operations. Robert Dedman is joining the US firm’s London office as a partner after over a year as a […]

Struggling Ropes pivots to litigation with hire from Akin Gump

While Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and White & Case have showed a consistent trajectory, many other firms have been more stop-start. Take Ropes & Gray, which launched in 2010 and whose star flared brightly for several years, attracting lawyers from firms ranging from Weil Gotshal & Manges, Travers Smith and Cadwalader.  The last […]

Dentons

Dentons to face scrutiny from SDT as discrimination row escalates

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to refer Dentons to the legal industry’s disciplinary tribunal after the firm was taken to court over the “unfair dismissal” of a member of staff on maternity leave. An investigation into the firm was carried out by the SRA, which concluded that the treatment of Bina Hale, a former recruitment […]

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Clifford Chance to track use of female Bar in diversity push

Clifford Chance global head of litigation & dispute resolution Matthew Newick has pledged to leverage data held within the disputes group in a diversity push to increase its use of the female Bar and unearth “hidden gems”. In a push to follow through on one of his earliest pledges after taking over from predecessor Jeremy […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers advises in Manchester City Council v P and R case

Conrad Hallin is currently representing Manchester City Council in the widely reported case of Manchester City Council v P and R in which a young autistic woman with an obsessional interest in Asian men has been found by the Court to have capacity to marry and engage in sexual relations, but to lack capacity to decide whether […]

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. […]

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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