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QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

Hong Kong

Clifford Chance duo exit for Gibson Dunn in Hong Kong

Clifford Chance’s veteran Hong Kong litigation partner Brian Gilchrist has resigned from the magic circle firm and will join Gibson Dunn, as global firms focus on building up litigation practices in Hong Kong. Gilchrist will be joined by fellow litigation partner Elaine Chen as Gibson Dunn’s first major litigation hires in Hong Kong. They will […]

Essex Court secures double hire from Matrix

Despite successfully winning Samira Ahmed’s landmark discrimination case today, Matrix Chambers has also lost two of its barristers this week to Essex Court. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh have both decamped to join magic circle set Essex Court. This comes just days after Henderson Chambers announced Jason Housden will be joining as its new […]


Matrix secures victory over BBC in Samira Ahmed’s discrimination claim

Reed Smith has failed to secure a win for the BBC in the employment tribunal, as judges sided with news presenter Samira Ahmed in a discrimination claim against the corporation. Ahmed, instructing Thompsons Solicitors, argued that the BBC owed her almost £700,000 of backpay because of the difference in pay between her show Newswatch and […]

money finance

Investors drop US lawsuit against litigation funder Burford

Litigation funder Burford Capital has announced that a US class action against the company has been withdrawn by the claimants and dismissed. The lawsuit was filed in August 2019 by US shareholders after short-selling firm Muddy Waters issued a negative report against the funder, causing its share price to drop 40 per cent. The lawsuit […]

Essex Court reveals new joint heads of chambers

Following David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court, Essex Court has now confirmed its new joint heads of chambers, with Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC set to take over the reins. The pair’s appointment at the magic circle set will come into full effect as of 10 January, as they prepare to […]

Jonas Hankin QC prosecutes as murderer is handed life sentence

A murderer has been jailed for life over the stabbing of a stranger in the street following a trial prosecuted by a Queen’s Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers. Jonas Hankin QC was prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court in the trial of Martyn Turley, 58, of Whitehouse Street, Tipton. Turley initially denied charges of murder and […]

Litigation briefings

Prestigious golf club ordered to reinstate member

Cawood v Sedgwick and others (Sunningdale Golf Club) Following a three day trial, HHJ Saunders, sitting in the County Court at Central London, held that the defendant golf club should be ordered to reinstate the Claimant’s overseas membership. Mr Cawood had been an overseas member of Sunningdale Golf Club (an unincorporated association) since about 1997. […]

Who owns the ink? Reproduction of tattoos in film, photographs and video games

By Alexis Vaughan The bearer of a tattoo understandably has a strong personal connection to the ink that is permanently embedded in their skin. In some cases, the tattoo becomes an integral part of that person’s image and persona. As such, many tattooed individuals may be surprised to know that someone else may own the […]

Setting aside and rectifying mistakes in respect of trusts relating to tax

By Natasha Kapp, Nina Clift The Royal Court of Guernsey has recently handed down two judgments on setting aside and rectifying mistakes in respect of trusts relating to tax. These cases confirm the availability of these remedies under the Trusts (Guernsey) Law, 2007 and the applicable legal principles that will be applied. SETTING ASIDE TRANSFERS […]

Jersey’s Royal Court declares trustee’s exercise of power void

By Damian Evans, Matthew Davies A mistake or a failure to take into account relevant considerations? The Royal Court is asked to consider its jurisdiction to declare voidable the exercise of a power on both grounds. On 3rd December 2019, the Royal Court declared void certain actions of a trustee (the “Trustee”) by which the […]

Quarterly update on Northern Ireland employment law

By Rob Tubman Disability Discrimination Case: British Telecommunications Plc vs Meier BT appealed the Industrial Tribunal’s November 2018 decision that “BT was liable for disability discrimination by reason of its failure to make reasonable adjustments” for the Claimant’s disability (autism spectrum disorder). The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal ruled that reasonable adjustments would have removed […]

Vavilov : Changes To administrative law in Canada

By James Green In late December, the Supreme Court released its decision in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65. Quite apart from the colourful facts of the case (involving the citizenship of children of Russian spies born in Canada whose family was apparently the inspiration for the television series “The […]

Recent developments in litigation funding

By Alex Jay In this journal in 2015, I wrote on the subject ‘Funding insolvency litigation: a new dawn’, outlining various streams of funding available to insolvency practitioners (IPs) (see (2015) 5 CRI 183). Since then, the sun has set on one era and risen again. This article considers key developments in litigation funding in […]

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012- Enforcement

The Security Interests (Jersey) Law 2012 (the New Law) came fully into force on 2 January 2014, changing the way in which security is created over Jersey intangible movables. This briefing note is one of a series relating to the New Law, dealing with enforcement of security interests on an event of default. Enforcement under […]

Case law update: Whistleblowing

By Amy Anderson, Michael Briggs Can a dismissal be found to be unfair on the basis that it is because of a whistleblowing disclosure which the disciplining officer didn’t know about? Surprisingly yes! The recent case of Jhuti v Royal Mail Limited is an interesting one about whistleblowing and the reasons for dismissal. Here’s what […]

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