4 New Square listed in three of The Lawyers’ Top 20 Cases of 2019

Three cases involving members of 4 New Square included in The Lawyers’ Top 20 Cases of 2019.

(1) Alexander Mayr, (2) Rouver Investment SÀRL, (3) Life Sciences Partners Limited and (4) Spokane Investments Limited v CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Roger Stewart QC, instructed by Simmons & Simmons, is acting for CMS in a multi-million-pound professional negligence claim after an aborted deal for a former private equity client allegedly resulted in £65m worth of losses.

Road Haulage Association or United Kingdom Trucks Claim, Royal Mail Group Limited, BT Group plc & Ors, Dawsongroup plc & Ors, Wolseley UK Limited & Ors, Suez Groupe SAS & Ors, Veolia Environnment S.A. & Ors, Ryder Limited & Another, Arla Foods and Adnams plc & Ors V Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, Volvo/Renault and Scania

Six of the world’s largest trucks manufacturers are facing collective action claims from a host of firms with the two leading claims coming from Addleshaw Goddard and Backhouse Jones and Weightmans. The European Commission handed down a €2.9bn fine in July 2016. Alongside the Merricks/Interchange case, the trucks litigation is one of the most significant follow-on damages cases being heard in the English courts.

Nicholas Bacon QC, instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, acts for the first defendant, Daimler.

Campaign Against Arms Trade & Ors v Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Challenge to the UK’s continued sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Following the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the nation’s embassy in Istanbul, the pressure has been mounting and the CAAT now argues the UK must end its armament trading relationship. This three-day hearing could significantly alter the UK’s trading relationship, not only with Saudi Arabia, but with any nation of a similar public profile.

Anthony Jones, instructed by Deighton Pierce Glynn, acts for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK.