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Middle Temple, Inns of Court

Chambers rethink real estate with office cutbacks

Barristers chambers in London are beginning to cut back on office space as they cope with continued remote working alongside financial difficulties. The Lawyer has identified four sets that have recently given up space at their respective inns, including Lamb Building, Lamb Chambers, 3 Temple Gardens and 6 Pump Court. The biggest move has been […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields’ hourly rates criticised after “indecent” legal bill

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing accusations of racking up an “indecent” legal bill after it revealed projected costs of almost £7m in the case of Roman Pipia v BGEO Group Limited. The claimant, represented by Steptoe & Johnson, recently described BGEO Group’s legal costs as “extraordinarily and unjustifiably high”, while also singling out the charge-out […]

High Court

City trio enters fray in Russian oligarch scrap

Steptoe & Johnson’s client PJSC National Bank Trust has succeeded in adding three new defendants to a mammoth oligarch dispute in London, with Kennedys, Boies Schiller Flexner and Brown Rudnick wading into the legal-line-up. The dispute at hand is PJSC National Bank Trust v Boris Mints & Ors. Kennedys, Boies Schiller and Brown Rudnick, defending […]

barrister wig

Tribunal dismisses claims against Twenty Essex QC

Twenty Essex silk Stephen Atherton QC has been cleared of claims brought against him by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), including accusations that he misled the court during a 2011 case. Following Monday’s hearing, that contained submissions from counsel for both the BSB and Atherton, the Bar’s disciplinary tribunal has since ruled that Atherton did […]

Home Office

Ex-Home Office chief settles unfair dismissal claim

Sir Philip Rutnam has settled his claim with the UK Government, which was set to be heard in the Employment Tribunal in September. The former permanent secretary of the Home Office brought a claim against the department, alleging the Home Secretary Priti Patel of bullying. Rutnam resigned from his post in February 2020, when he […]

Revealed: The top 15 appeals of 2021

As showcased in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases last month, litigants are lining up for a busy 2021, with further disputes set to be heard in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Here are the challenges to look out for. Several of this year’s appeals have previously appeared in The Lawyer’s Top 20 […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP partner to pursue phone-hacking claim against Mirror Group

A decade since launching an initial phone-hacking claim against News Group, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) disputes partner Graham Shear is pursuing a separate lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), The Lawyer can reveal. Shear has instructed Shoosmiths and 5RB’s David Sherborne for his claim against Mirror Group, which was issued in June 2020, while […]