Litigation

Salmon fish

Simmons takes on salmon producers in £382m class action

Some of the world’s largest salmon producers are being hit with a new class action, alleging unlawful collusion to increase salmon prices for consumers. Simmons & Simmons is representing class representative Waterside, a special purpose vehicle represented by Anne Heal, former OpenReach managing director of strategy and regulatory affairs group director at BT. The claim […]

HS2 route

Judge slams Environment Agency and HS2 over litigation

Mrs Justice Joanna Smith has rebuked the Environment Agency (EA) and High Speed Two (HS2) for their taxpayer-funded litigation in judgment handed down today (21 June) at the Technology and Construction Court. In the conclusion to her judgment, she said: “By way of postscript, I observe that it is extremely unfortunate that these two bodies, […]

Spotlight: How Mishcon overturned an $11bn arbitration award

At The Lawyer Awards this week, seven teams were shortlisted for the Litigation team of the year prize. They were Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Mayer Brown, Lewis Silkin, Mishcon de Reya, TLT, and joint entries from Browne Jacobson and Bevan Brittan, and Addleshaw Goddard and McDermott Will & Emery. While Addleshaws and McDermott, and […]

Mastercard

One-fifth struck off Merricks/Mastercard class action, says Freshfields

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has handed down a judgment that time bars almost a third of the infringement period in the Merricks/Mastercard class action, as well as a fifth of the total claim, according to the defendant’s lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Class representative Walter Merricks’ claim had been brought to cover the period between […]

Serco

Clifford Chance client Serco settles shareholder group action

A mammoth securities action filed against Serco Group has settled, bringing the near-£150m claim to an end just a week after the trial began. The matter was due to be heard for five weeks and was one of The Lawyer‘s top 20 cases of 2024. Serco’s settlement is the latest in a long line of […]

Claim Spotter: New suit filed in Burlakov oligarch saga

Clash across the Atlantic as ING Bank takes on Bank of Utah Dutch multinational banking giant ING Bank has been hit with a new claim filed this week by the Bank of Utah (BoU), a community bank owned and operated in Utah, USA. BoU has instructed RPC, filing its claim in the Commercial Court last […]

ExCel exhibition centre

In court this week: Trains, Spain and London’s ExCel

Justin Gutmann’s boundary fares class action trial begins The trial in the class action regarding rail fares, brought by class representative Justin Gutmann, kicks off today (17 June) in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) for three weeks with a further week in reserve. Gutmann, represented by Charles Lyndon, alleges that the defendant rail companies abused […]

Richard III

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 […]