UK updates from The Lawyer, covering London and regional law firms and the Bar.


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 […]


Fieldfisher offers bonuses to non-fee earners for first time

Fieldfisher is making bonuses available for non-fee earners in the UK for the first time, after a string of stand-out financial results from the firm. The move means high-performing staff in Fieldfisher’s business services’ functions, for example, will be granted a bonus. However, the rewards are discretionary, meaning not everyone will be in line for […]

ITV hunts for new GC as Garard steps down

ITV’s longstanding general counsel Andrew Garard has stepped down after over a decade in the role. The television network has confirmed that Garard will leave his position on 31 July. He joined ITV in 2007 as group legal director and GC, before becoming company secretary two years later. He also sits on the board of […]


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 […]

Peter Hasson

Clydes sees 10% uplift in profit while turnover breaks £550m

Clyde & Co narrowly missed out on double-digit growth in both profit and turnover last year, recording a 9 per cent increase in turnover alongside a 10 per cent profit boost in the 2017/18 financial year. Turnover at Clydes grew from £508m to £551.3m, while profits at the firm were up from £127.6m to £140.5m […]

Duncan Weir

Bevan Brittan revenue reaches £44m in sixth consecutive year of growth

Bevan Brittan has posted its sixth year of consecutive growth, posting a 12 per cent increase in turnover from £39.2m to £44m. Net profit stood at £9.6m last year, up from £7.8m the previous financial year. Average profit per equity partner increased from £313,000 to £443,000 – a phenomenal rise of 43 per cent. The firm […]


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 & […]


Latest UK Briefings

Parliamentary group proposes a Financial Services Tribunal

Kevin Hollinrake MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking) has published his report titled “Fair Business Banking for All: How to improve access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes” (the Report). Following the APPG’s responses to the FCA’s consultation on expanding the FOS’s jurisdiction (CP18/3), the Report sets out various recommendations […]

Adoption of unregistered land as highway

By Paul Weeks Unregistered land in unknown ownership can cause a headache on development and the extent of the issue will often depend upon what the land is needed for…

Court of Appeal: Catja Thum v Oliver Thum

The Court of Appeal today dismissed Oliver Thum’s appeal and ruled that his wife Catja Thum’s divorce and related financial claims should proceed in the English court and not, as Dr Thum had argued, in Berlin. Giving judgment for the Court of Appeal Lord Justice Moylan said…

The business of law is changing

We posed the following question to 15 experts from across the legal industry: “What do you believe lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services?” We were surprised at the diversity of their answers. From design thinking to modernising service delivery; understanding clients’ needs and giving added value; […]

Webinar: Utilising collaboration tools to deliver legal operations excellence

Collaboration tools are a critical element in delivering the core competencies of legal operations. HighQ’s features, functionality and flexibility allow you to create a “legal nerve center” within our enterprise cloud collaboration and productivity platform that will optimize the legal department’s efficiency, value and delivery of service to its business. This webinar focuses on: Solutions […]

Three-year tenancy agreements – government consultation

By David Asker The government intends to hold a consultation on tenancy agreement lengths, with the proposal setting out the shortest term being three years with a six­month break clause. As it stands around 80% of tenancies in England and Wales are either six or twelve-month assured shorthold agreements, any changes would be significant and […]

Eviction of travellers – writ of possession or common law?

By David Asker There are approximately between 200,000 and 300,000 travellers living in the United Kingdom with around 60,000 who live in caravans on both authorised and unauthorised sites. If you do have problems with travellers then there are two options available to you, we outline these options and advise of which might be best […]

Changes to the taxation of UK real estate held by non-residents

In November 2017, the UK Government’s Autumn Budget announced significant proposals relating to the taxation of gains made by non­-UK residents on disposals of UK property. Amongst other provisions, it was proposed that, for the first time, capital gains tax (CGT) would be applied to non­residents’ gains in respect of UK commercial property. CGT would […]

Disability related error of judgment amounts to discrimination arising from disability

By Irvine Maccabe Following a line of decisions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal in City of York v P J Grosset [2018] EWCA Civ 1105 so held. Stating it very briefly, Mr Grosset was a teacher disabled by reason of cystic fibrosis, a life threating and life-shortening condition. The school knew he […]

Disputes Matter – Summer 2018

This edition contains the following briefings: Contract valid despite parties’ common mistake An entirely surprising interpretation of an entire agreement clause Excluding liability effectively Successful settlements ‘Non-reliance’ clause found not reliable to defeat misrepresentation claim Of ‘Supreme’ Significance

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