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HausfeldStandout89825Pioneered a unique and market-changing litigation funding structure that improved accessibility and enabled victims to pursue actions with little or no risk.
Vieira de Almeida & AssociadosStandout88824Preserved revenues of pharmaceutical manufacturers by defending patents in the Administrative Courts.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomStandout88723Successfully protected a foreign judgment despite the client’s UK residency, resulting in a new jurisdictional law in international disputes.
Weil, Gotshal & MangesStandout78823Challenged and forced renegotiations of natural gas pricing terms, creating a new model for pricing.
Baker McKenzieStandout78722Represented FedEx in an appeal to the European Commission, preventing the merger of UPS and TNT.
Addleshaw GoddardHighly Commended68721Prevented widespread change in the insurance industry by preserving the way “mitigation costs” are used in professional indemnity insurance claims.
Hogan LovellsHighly Commended67821Clarified English intellectual property law and the meaning of the term “making”, using German precedent in the defence of a client at the UK Supreme Court.
Mishcon de ReyaHighly Commended68721Used a novel legal strategy to gain a favourable settlement for minority loan-note holders.
AshurstCommended57820Helped achieve a European Court of Justice ruling that it is discriminatory to withhold tax on cross-border dividends paid to non-resident undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities.
Uría MenéndezCommended57820Acted for NCG bank on a consumer arbitration preventing 15,000 cases appearing before Spanish courts.
Allen & OveryCommended56819Dealing with the burden of pension liabilities in a precedent-setting case for QinetiQ.
Berwin Leighton PaisnerCommended57719Defended HSBC’s decisions to block suspicious transfers and clarified reporting obligations for banks.
EvershedsCommended57719Defended Associated British Ports against a challenge by Humber Oil over an oil terminal.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & JacobsonCommended65819Successfully argued for a trustee to be recognised as a creditor under French law. The decision is expected to promote international loans for French companies.
GarriguesCommended67619Argued that a US law applied to Spanish insolvency proceedings, allowing bankruptcy Judges to assign contracts free of debt in bankruptcy sales.
GarriguesCommended67619Argued for rebalancing of long-term leasehold rentals in the Spanish retail and hotel industries.
MacfarlanesCommended66719Successfully challenged provisions in the International Swaps and Derivatives Association master agreement in litigation against Lehman Brothers administrators.
Peters & PetersCommended66719Prevented the extradition of a Russian client, leading to the reversal of burden of proof in future Russian cases.
Pinsent MasonsCommended67619Assisted in the prevention of early “pensions liberation” through a legal challenge and a public campaign.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FlomCommended67619Assisted South Sudan in recovering oil revenues from the Republic of Sudan by incorporating settlement arrangements into wider negotiations.
DechertCommended66618Proved UK jurisdiction for in the Cherney v Deripaska dispute against a complex political backdrop.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerCommended66618Defended a telecommunications provider against corruption charges through a strategy involving independent investigators.
Herbert Smith FreehillsCommended66618Adopted an effective collaboration strategy as part of the UK’s largest fraud case.
Simmons & SimmonsCommended57618Ensured Samsung protected its design reputation through a fast-thinking, successful challenge in a design infringement case brought by Apple.
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