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Most innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution 2012 (3)

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InnovationChallenged the OFT's decision on tobacco price fixing
Originality5
Rationale5
Impact7
Total17
DescriptionThe firm successfully acted for Morrisons and Safeway in the tobacco litigation, enabling its clients to revoke huge fines, £8.6m in the case of Morrisons, and £10.9m in the case of Safeway, one of the largest of all the retailers involved. The case will allow manufacturers of different products to offer discounts to retailers in return for specified price reductions, without the fear they will be accused of anti-competitive behaviour by the Office of Fair Trading.

Most innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution 2012 (2)

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InnovationEmployers' pensions liability
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact6
Total18
DescriptionActing for the trustee of the Pilots National Pension Fund (PNPF), the firm was faced with sorting out a £300m deficit. Through its strategy, the firm received judgements on 38 issues, many of which have bedevilled the pensions industry for the last 10 years. The scheme was complicated by the fact that many of the marine pilots were self-employed, but the firm's success will see 1,600 members receive their full pensions.

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InnovationA $10bn fraud case for a major Kazakhstan bank
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact6
Total20
DescriptionThe firm acted for BTA Bank in nine claims brought in England against Mukhtar Ablyazov, BTA's former chairman. The claims brought by BTA in England total more than $6bn. A number of landmark judgments have set precedents for future fraud cases but at time of going to press, the case was still ongoing.