Mishcon sued by ex-QPR chairman as professional negligence claims hit the the headlines

Every year The Lawyer looks ahead to the top cases set to hit the High Court in the next 12 months – and looks back at what happened to the previous year’s selection.

Last year’s top 20 cases included two rather hefty solicitors’ professional negligence claims, against Nabarro and Weil Gotshal & Manges. But, as it turned out, neither got to court. In common with fully 50 per cent of the top cases of 2014, the claims settled before trial.

Other cases which settled last year, either before hearing or part-way through, included the damages claims brought by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz against the Serious Fraud Office and a case brought by the family of the late Georgian businessman Arkady ‘Badri’ Patarkatsishvili against Russian oligarch Vasily Anisimov.

In fact only two of the top 20 cases for 2014 actually had judgment handed down. Guardian journalist Rob Evans triumphed in a freedom of information case over letters written by Prince Charles, and Mayer Brown client UBS lost a complex derivatives case against a German water company.

Our selection of the biggest cases for 2015 will be published in a fortnight. Among them will be yet another solicitors’ negligence claim, with a case brought by former Queens Park Rangers chairman Antonio Caliendo against Mishcon de Reya finally getting a trial date. It will be heard in November after a three-year lead-up – unless, of course, it settles first.

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