Cases by Area of Law

Embraer v European Commission

Case T-75/10 Embraer v European Commission

Barrister: Matthew O’Regan
Area of law: State aid
Summary: In 2009, the European Commission approved a repayable investment of £ 114 million by the UK Government made to Bombardier Aerospace for its new C-Series programme. The investment supported research and development activities by Bombardier’s plant in Belfast into new composite wing technology. Matthew had assisted Bombardier in obtaining this approval. He also represented Bombardier as an intervener in a legal challenge brought by a competitor, the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, including drafting Bombardier’s written observations to the General Court. In 2012, and prior to a hearing before the Court, Embraer decided to discontinue its challenge.

Destruction of landmark building by fire


Barrister:  Andrew Kearney
Area of Law: Construction and Engineering / Property Insurance Litigation
Summary:  Andrew defended an international consultancy in a claim running into £millions arising out of the partial destruction by fire of a national landmark building during the carrying out of construction works.



HSE v Citytex

Barrister: Jeremy Phillips
Area of Law: 

Summary: Newton hearing into causes of substantial building collapse; having regard to civil issues.

SMAE Institute v Stonebridge Associated Colleges

Barrister: John Blackmore
Area of Law: Intellectual Property

Summary: Obtaining restraining order to prevent use of domain name.

Matthew Castle v North East and North West Hampshire JJs CO/6940/2007

(Admin) 2008

Barrister: Jeremy Phillips
Area of Law: 

Summary: Food safety prosecution; judicial review of justices refusal to state a case.

Re W (children)

[2008] EWCA Civ 558

Barrister: Elizabeth Harris
Area of Law: Children

Summary: Appeal by grandfather against findings of fact in care proceedings concerning allegations of sexual abuse. Appeal dismissed.

Smith v Springford

[2008] EWHC 3446 (Ch) [2009] WTLR 705; [2008] All ER (D) 59

Barrister: John Dickinson
Area of Law: Wills, Trusts and Probate

Summary: John dealt with cost issues on the discontinuance of a probate action, where it was alleged that the testator’s signature was forged.

Stroud District Council v Cathedral Properties Ltd

Barrister: John Blackmore
Area of Law: Property

Summary: Retained by District Council in enforcing sale and purchase of development land.

Gravil v Redruth Rugby Football Club

[2008] EWCA Civ 689 Court of Appeal

Barrister: Richard Stead
Area of Law: Personal Injury
Summary: Richard acted for the defendant, Redruth Rugby Club, the issue being the vicarious liability of a rugby club for an assault by one of its players during a rugby match.

R. (on the application of Carroll) v South Somerset DC

[2008] EWHC 104 (Admin)

Barrister: Peter Wadsley
Area of Law: Planning

Summary: A slightly unusual claim for judicial review, seeking to quash an allegedly erroneous grant of planning permission made by the South Somerset District Council when the Council had failed to follow its own procedures. The application was by the leader of the Council.