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  • End of Sir Cliff’s BBC privacy battle ushers in new rules on reporting investigations

    End of Sir Cliff’s BBC privacy battle ushers in new rules on reporting investigations

    Old-fashioned defamation disputes may rarely create significant precedent these days but the rapidly evolving area of privacy is a very different matter, a dynamic underlined this week in dramatic form in the conclusion of Sir Cliff Richard’s legal battle with the BBC. The veteran celebrity’s victory in his long-running privacy case against the BBC has …

    Disputes round-up: Retailers beat Visa/Mastercard on fees as Stewarts launches financial crime unit

    Disputes round-up: Retailers beat Visa/Mastercard on fees as Stewarts launches financial crime unit

    The UK’s largest disputes specialist, Stewarts, has helped secure a win in the high-profile Visa/Mastercard interchange fees case less than a week after launching a financial crime department. On Wednesday (4 July), a host of British retailers represented by Stewarts, Mishcon de Reya and Morgan Lewis & Bockius  won a Court of Appeal ruling against the financial …

    Tchenguiz swaps Stephenson Harwood for Debevoise after failed €2bn claim

    Tchenguiz swaps Stephenson Harwood for Debevoise after failed €2bn claim

    Embattled property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz (pictured) has replaced long-time legal advisers Stephenson Harwood with Debevoise & Plimpton after his €2bn claim against an Abu Dhabi investment company was thrown out. A Debevoise team led by dispute resolution partner Kevin Lloyd will take over future Tchenguiz mandates, including a key Commercial Court case later this year. Tchenquiz had …

    Three new appointments to Supreme Court but still no commercial judges

    Three new appointments to Supreme Court but still no commercial judges

    While the UK Supreme Court announced today (27 June) that Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Sales will be appointed later this year, a lack of commercial expertise at the nation’s highest appeal court has drawn criticism. The trio’s elevation comes after former deputy president Lord Mance retired this month, with Lord …

    Rosenblatt unveils third-party funding ambitions following £43m float

    Rosenblatt unveils third-party funding ambitions following £43m float

    London litigation specialist Rosenblatt became the fourth UK firm to list in May, simultaneously revealing plans to establish a third-party disputes funding division. Rosenblatt raised £43m in its AIM flotation, giving the 21-partner outfit a £76m market capitalisation in what it described as a ‘significantly oversubscribed’ listing. In terms of value, it was the largest …

    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 …