Disputes Eye: ‘Draconian’ measures as SFO tackles privilege via the back door

Disputes Eye: ‘Draconian’ measures as SFO tackles privilege via the back door

Despite the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) opting in October not to pursue its much-publicised privilege appeal against ENRC any further, it is taking an increasingly hard-line approach in other ways. Notably, the agency has come under scrutiny for its heavy-handed use of section 2 notices, an order compelling any individual or business to submit evidence …

Disputes Eye: Hunting krakens – As finance and Russian work slows veteran litigators look to key trends and opportunities

Disputes Eye: Hunting krakens – As finance and Russian work slows veteran litigators look to key trends and opportunities

As the torrent of post-financial crisis litigation continues to slow, litigators are increasingly wondering: ‘What next?’ Certainly, 2018 has so far been quieter than 2017 from a disputes perspective, across big-ticket and mid-level matters. Canvassing industry veterans on the trends to watch, however, shows plenty of areas of opportunity litigators spy on the horizon. Perhaps the most …

Disputes Eye: An English court in Paris – another warning shot

Disputes Eye: An English court in Paris – another warning shot

There is a certain irony to be found in France’s enthusiastic uptake of English courts just as the UK detaches itself from the EU, an irony accompanied by a realistic fear of weakening the English judiciary. Of course, the introduction of an English-language common law commercial court in Paris is nothing new for the continent, …

Disputes Eye: A no-brainer? How tech can save your client £2m

Disputes Eye: A no-brainer? How tech can save your client £2m

With proposed procedural overhauls to disclosure going down like a lead balloon with the Law Society, technology is being touted as the much-needed saviour of time and money. News in May that Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) declared itself the first firm to win a significant court victory on the back of using document review …

Disputes Eye: Crime pays as white-collar hires dominate recruitment

Disputes Eye: Crime pays as white-collar hires dominate recruitment

If you are a senior litigator looking for a lucrative move, it does not hurt to be a white-collar specialist. As Edwards Gibson founder Scott Gibson observes: ‘It’s like private equity, where individuals can always move. In the white-collar world, people’s reputations can be enough to attract interest.’ Such moves include last September, when King …

Disputes Eye: Enyo goes to ground – what next for the pioneering disputes shop?

Disputes Eye: Enyo goes to ground – what next for the pioneering disputes shop?

It has been the question raised over wine by many seasoned litigators for months now: what’s going on at Enyo Law? At the beginning of last year, the litigation boutique hit the headlines thanks to surprise merger talks with fellow disputes specialist Stewarts Law, but since the discussion was abandoned the influential outfit has gone …

Disputes Eye: Disclosure reform – time to err off the side of caution

Disputes Eye: Disclosure reform – time to err off the side of caution

It takes a brave soul to tackle the issue of extortionate disclosure in the UK, and finding the happy medium required to satisfy both fretting clients and sceptical lawyers is difficult. But that is exactly what the Disclosure Working Group is attempting to do, introducing a wave of reforms in November that will run as …

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Speaking to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer disputes veteran Jon Lawrence this summer on his decision to join Brick Court Chambers, he said he was not ready for the golf course just yet. But there has been a wave of Freshfields heavyweights of Lawrence’s vintage who have made a similar move, notably former managing partner Ian Terry, …

Sponsored briefing: Disputes flare up in the oil and gas sector

Sponsored briefing: Disputes flare up in the oil and gas sector

Navigant’s Mark Taylor on the pressures that oil prices exert on contracts in the sector We all know how the price of fuel at the pump can affect how individuals feel about their own prosperity. For producers in the oil and gas sector, oil price uncertainty is a substantial risk, since it has a direct …