Settlement with Locke Lord (UK) LLP

Posted: 14-Nov-17 2:39:00 PM
Humphries Kerstetter has successfully settled a funded claim on behalf of 48 investors against the law firm, Locke Lord (UK) LLP on confidential terms.  The claims were primarily for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with a private placement of shares which it was alleged was a Ponzi scheme.  Locke Lord (UK) LLP has recently been fined £500,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the largest fine ever issued by the Tribunal.

Legal 500 recommendation

Posted: 9-Nov-17 10:25:00 AM
Humphries Kerstetter has been recommended in the Legal 500 2017 as a “first class, niche practice with enviable, high-quality City work”. Mark Humphries provides “excellent, strategic advice” and Kristopher Kerstetter and Christopher Braithwaite are also highly rated.

New claims against Visa and Mastercard

Posted: 9-Nov-17 10:23:00 AM
Humphries Kerstetter has been instructed by a number of leading retailers and local authorities, including a major supermarket, in a new round of competition law claims against Visa and Mastercard for unlawfully high credit card charges. The claims, which are worth in excess of £350m, relate to so-called “interchange” fees levied by Visa and Mastercard over which merchants have no control. Humphries Kerstetter has significant experience in interchange litigation and has previously been instructed by Tesco and WHSmith. The claims are being funded by Therium Capital Management, with whom Humphries Kerstetter is working on a portfolio of cases.

Mark Humphries raising funds for immunotherapy research

Posted: 24-Jan-17 12:21:00 PM
Immunotherapy research is a form of alternative cancer treatment that is little known in the UK but has a good track record in other countries. On 18 March 2017 Mark Humphries will be walking from Porto to Sanitago de Compostela covering a distance of 260km in memory of his late wife Anne Humphries and with a view to raising funds for immunotherapy research in the UK. Donating to the research in this field could improve survival rates, reverse cancers and save lives. We would greatly appreciate any contributions to this cause. Please see the attached for further details.

Tesco settlement with Visa

Posted: 10-Nov-16 7:27:00 PM
Following the 2015 settlement of Tesco's interchange claims against MasterCard, Humphries Kerstetter has settled Tesco's interchange claims against Visa. The firm continues to act for WH Smith and a number of other companies making claims for allegedly unlawful overcharges of interchange fees in breach of competition law.

Humphries proposes to halve the costs of civil and commercial litigation

Posted: 5-Feb-16 4:39:00 PM
Mark Humphries comments on the Centre for Policy Studies report on the cost of civil and commercial litigation. See his commentary here.

The Lawyer's Top 20 cases for 2016

Posted: 27-Jan-16 9:02:00 AM
Humphries Kerstetter is acting in two of the Top 20 cases for size and impact in the English High Court selected by The Lawyer magazine. Both the Interchange litigation in which Humphries Kerstetter is acting for Tesco Stores Limited and WH Smith group and the professional negligence action in which Humphries Kerstetter is acting for Khanty-Mansiysk Recoveries Limited against Forsters LLP were selected by The Lawyer for inclusion in the list. The Lawyer said: "This is going to be a bumper year for the UK disputes market, with the High Court gearing up to host some of the most high-value and headline-grabbing litigation matters in a decade".

Humphries Kerstetter acting for WH Smith

Posted: 2-Dec-15 4:47:00 PM
Humphries Kerstetter is acting for WH Smith High Street Limited and other WH Smith companies in connection with substantial claims against MasterCard and Visa in the interchange fee litigation in which the firm also acts for Tesco Stores Limited and other Tesco group companies.

Humphries Kerstetter issues substantial professional negligence claim

Posted: 23-Oct-15 3:40:00 PM
Humphries Kerstetter is acting for Khanty-Mansiysk Recoveries Limited in a professional negligence claim against Forsters LLP claiming damages in excess of £70 million.

Humphries shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year award

Posted: 12-Oct-15 3:37:00 PM
Mark Humphries has been named in the Modern Law Awards shortlist in the Lawyer of the Year category, the results of which are to be announced at a ceremony on 19 November 2015.

Humphries Kerstetter LLP successfully obtained the quashing of a decision of the Secretary of State in the Planning Court

Posted: 27-Jul-15 12:50:00 PM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP, acting for Old Hunstanston Parish Council  in an application under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, obtained the quashing of the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government granting planning permission for an affordable housing development. Lang J refused permission to appeal. See Old Hunstanton Parish Council -v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others [2015] EWHC 1958 (Admin).

Tesco settlement with MasterCard

Posted: 5-Jun-15 3:03:00 PM
Humphries Kerstetter LLP has settled the claims brought by Tesco Stores and other Tesco group companies against MasterCard in the bank interchange fee litigation. The firm continues to represent the UK's largest retailer in ongoing claims against Visa.

Humphries Kerstetter short listed for Boutique Firm of the Year, City Award

Posted: 6-May-15 8:23:00 AM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP has been included in The Lawyer’s short list for this year’s Boutique Firm of the Year – City Award, the results of which are to be announced at the awards ceremony on 23 June 2015.

Tesco summary judgment success

Posted: 24-Apr-15 10:35:00 AM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP defeated a summary judgment application by MasterCard in the ongoing banking interchange fees litigation. See Tesco Stores Ltd and others -v- MasterCard Inc. and others [2015] EWHC 1145 (Ch).

Award for advocacy

Posted: 10-Oct-14 10:22:00 AM
Mark Humphries of Humphries Kerstetter LLP received the Highly Commended Award for Solicitor Advocate of the Year at The Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2014.

Mark Humphries short listed for Solicitor-Advocate of the Year Award

Posted: 7-Aug-14 5:16:00 PM

Mark Humphries has been included in The Law Society's short list for this year's Excellence Awards, the results of which are to be announced at a gala dinner on 9 October 2014.

Humphries Kerstetter LLP acting for Tesco Stores Limited

Posted: 19-Jun-14 10:07:00 AM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP has been instructed to act for Tesco Stores and other Tesco group companies in relation to claims for substantial sums alleged to have been overcharged by MasterCard and Visa in breach of EU and UK competition law.

Bancroft case resolved

Posted: 13-May-14 4:10:00 PM

Bancroft’s professional negligence claim relating to a failed investment in Slovakia has today been successfully resolved.

Humphries Kerstetter makes new law in challenging witness summonses

Posted: 9-May-14 4:57:00 PM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP, acting for two Brazilian executives, obtained the setting aside of Commercial Court orders under CPR Part 71 directing their attendance to be examined about their company’s assets. It was held that the court had no jurisdiction to make the orders because the individuals were not within the territorial jurisdiction at the time when the orders were applied for and/or made.

Humphries Kerstetter successfully challenges deposition orders

Posted: 19-Mar-14 4:50:00 PM

Humphries Kerstetter LLP acted for three witnesses contesting deposition orders following letters of request issued by the state court of Wisconsin. The deposition orders were set aside on the basis that the letters of request sought the depositions for the purpose of discovery and were therefore part of an impermissible investigation under English law. Mark Humphries appeared as advocate for the witnesses.

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