Supreme Court rules in favour of Morrisons in landmark data breach case

Supreme Court rules in favour of Morrisons in landmark data breach case

In a significant move for the future of large data breach and privacy cases, Morrisons Supermarkets has successfully defeated a group litigation claim following a decision by the Supreme Court this morning (1 April). The case centres on whether a company can be held vicariously liable for the actions of a single employee, after thousands …

Coronavirus latest: Reed Smith to limit partner drawings as firms start to bunker in for the crisis

Coronavirus latest: Reed Smith to limit partner drawings as firms start to bunker in for the crisis

Reed Smith has ringfenced a portion of its cash reserves against partner distributions as a means to mitigate the impact of the unfolding Covid-19 crisis.  The new contingency measures will include every office at the firm, with global managing partner Sandy Thomas (pictured) informing the firm’s global partnership in a conference call last week. Monthly …

Junior barristers blast the government’s ‘woefully insufficient’ self-employed support package

Junior barristers blast the government’s ‘woefully insufficient’ self-employed support package

Junior barristers have heavily criticised the government’s self-employed support package as ‘woefully insufficient’ while imploring the Bar Council to address ‘urgent and serious concerns’ about the scheme. The open letter, published today (30 March), says the government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme announced last Thursday neglects newly-qualified barristers as it does not provide financial aid to …

Perfect storms – Cases of the year

Perfect storms – Cases of the year

Cash-rich funders; conflict-free boutiques; class actions aplenty. While some predict another economic downturn on the horizon, providing an uptick in conventional litigation work, these themes have defined the more eye-catching disputes of the past year. Add to the mix an increase in cyber-related litigation and accusations of fraud and regulatory missteps against some of the …

Disputes perspectives: Paula Hodges QC

Disputes perspectives: Paula Hodges QC

Becoming a lawyer was suggested to me by other people. I was about 15, and doing a lot of debating and public speaking in school. People started saying to me: ‘You should think about becoming a lawyer.’ The school was supportive, and sent me to conferences and such. It was also because of watching TV. …

Linklaters acts on $500m ‘virtual trial’ while insurers and claimants agree coronavirus ceasefire

Linklaters acts on $500m ‘virtual trial’ while insurers and claimants agree coronavirus ceasefire

The Commercial Court is going fully virtual on a case worth over $500m this week, with Linklaters and King & Spalding among those acting remotely as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, insurers and claimants have reached an accord, with the groups set to work together throughout the pandemic to ensure a continued access to justice. …

Coronavirus latest: Supreme Court goes virtual as junior lawyers plea against postponing exams

Coronavirus latest: Supreme Court goes virtual as junior lawyers plea against postponing exams

For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court conducted a case entirely through video conferencing this morning (24 March), after taking the decision to close its building to the public due to the spread of Covid-19. The move saw the matter of Fowler (Respondent) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) conducted …

City leaders take drastic action as coronavirus spreads turmoil across European states and economies

City leaders take drastic action as coronavirus spreads turmoil across European states and economies

Nathalie Tidman and Thomas Alan assess the impact of the pandemic on the profession as the world battens down for a health crisis ‘Things that are happening today you wouldn’t have believed a week ago,’ reflects David Patient, Travers Smith’s managing partner. Indeed. The outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus has in a matter …

‘No crown jewels’ but firms rally with coronavirus advice to steer clients through crisis

‘No crown jewels’ but firms rally with coronavirus advice to steer clients through crisis

As cases of the coronavirus accelerate, law firms including Mayer Brown, Eversheds Sutherland, Allen & Overy (A&O), Mishcon de Reya, Hogan Lovells and Fieldfisher have established COVID-19 working groups to help clients. The moves come after swathes of firms ordered employees to work from home in the City and around the world in an attempt …

‘Under-funded and ill-served’ courts face pressure to adapt as coronavirus hits the justice system

‘Under-funded and ill-served’ courts face pressure to adapt as coronavirus hits the justice system

Courts in England and Wales have made changes to their practices as the Lord Chief Justice joins those dismissing claims the courts can operate as normal as the spread of coronavirus widens. The justice minister Chris Philip said this week courts would be ‘operating as normal’ despite guidance from the Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning …