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The Hearing: It’s awards season in Singapore upon Thames

Welcome to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK’s litigation market. After London International Disputes Week concluded on Friday, normal service has resumed for the UK’s litigators – and what a busy week it is. Not only is the first section 90A FSMA case finally coming to trial in what could be a […]

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Claim Spotter: Cantor Fitzgerald and Shell in fresh disputes

Cantor takes on digital consultants Trianz US financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald launched a new dispute in the London Circuit Commercial Court last week, targeting software and services company Trianz digital with a part 7 ‘general commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim. A part 7 claim seeks monetary damages from the defendant. The nature of Cantor’s […]

HSF settles lawsuit brought by ex-KPMG partner

Herbert Smith Freehills has settled a lawsuit that was set to go to trial tomorrow (11 June) for 10 days, brought by the former head of restructuring at KPMG Singapore. Claimant Graham Martin filed the case in April 2022, alleging that a HSF partner employed by Martin in 2017 told KPMG about his debts without […]

Manchester City

In court this week: Manchester City, Serco and HSF

Manchester City goes to war with the Premier League Manchester City’s two week case against the Premier League is set to kick off today in London. The four-in-a-row champions launched arbitral proceedings against the governing body back in February, challenging the League’s own rules. Manchester City has long been battling the League over various matters […]

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Spotlight: Bates Wells gears up for the 2024 general election

As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, this week on Spotlight we check out the politics, elections and campaigning practice at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The market: In 2015, amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 caused a chill across the non-party campaigning sector. The new rules, which especially applied to third-party […]

Amazon

LCM backs Amazon “Buy Box” collective action for second time

Third-party funder Litigation Capital Management (LCM) has thrown its hat in the ring for the second time to back a £1bn class action against Amazon regarding its “Buy Box” feature. In November 2022, it was announced that Hausfeld would be bringing a collective action against Amazon on behalf of 50 million consumers represented by class […]

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The Hearing: £150,000? Junior barristers are laughing

Welcome to the Hilary term and welcome back to The Hearing, your weekly insider’s guide to the UK litigation market. As the market gears up for the busy dash to summer, three of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases are set to hit the courts this month: British American Tobacco’s $800m challenge to PwC over its […]

Claim Spotter: Investment platform takes on Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood in new dispute with alternative investment platform Stephenson Harwood is at the receiving end of a fresh dispute brought by alternative investment platform Yieldstreet, filed on 31 May in the Commercial Court. Yieldstreet has instructed HFW to bring a part 7 ‘General commercial contracts and arrangements’ claim on its behalf. A part 7 […]

DAF Trucks

In court this week: PwC, Trucks and VietJet

British American Tobacco takes on PwC over negligence row British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary BTI is taking on Big Four firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) this week for a 39-day trial beginning tomorrow (4 June). The next eight weeks will see Hogan Lovells represent BTI as it goes head-to-head with Reed Smith for PwC in the Financial […]

Financial Times

Crispin Odey launches defamation claim against FT

A claim has been issued against the Financial Times by Crispin Odey, nearly a year after the newspaper’s investigation into the hedge fund manager was published. In June 2023 the FT published an investigation with allegations of sexual harassment or assault from 13 women who had worked for his firm, Odey Asset Management. Odey yesterday […]

Music

Spotlight: Facing the music with Wiggin

In this week’s Spotlight, we take a look at Wiggin’s music team to discover the disputes behind our favourite hits. The market: The music industry has been one of the hardest hit by emerging technologies and mediums such as shortform video and artificial intelligence (AI). Streaming now dominates how music is consumed, and while it’s […]