HK LLP moving to Fleet Street

HK LLP will occupy the top two floors of 90 – 94 Fleet Street from 1 March 2018. The new premises are approximately twice the size of HK’s existing Furnival Street offices. The extra space will permit additional and better client facilities and accommodate the firm’s projected expansion to beyond 20 fee earners by the end of the next financial year. The move enables HK’s steady recent growth to continue, whilst the firm remains at the heart of legal London and close to the courts.

HK LLP secures early victory for Simmons and Simmons

Humphries Kerstetter successfully represented Simmons & Simmons LLP in proceedings in the Commercial Court in London in which the court gave summary judgment in favour of Simmons & Simmons on a claim made against it for declaratory relief. This was an unusual case where a firm of solicitors was joined as a defendant to proceedings against its client arising from its representation of that client. See [2017] EWHC 3097 (Comm).

Settlement with Locke Lord (UK) LLP

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 was alleged to be a Ponzi scheme. Locke Lord (UK) LLP has recently been fined £500,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the largest fine ever issued at tribunal.

Legal 500 recommendation

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

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. 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 WH Smith. The claims are substantially different to those previously advanced by other claimants and 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Old Hunstanton Parish Council -v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others [2015] EWHC 1958 (Admin).

Tesco settlement with MasterCard

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

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

Humphries Kerstetter LLP defeated a summary judgment application by MasterCard in the ongoing banking interchange fees litigation.

Tesco Stores Ltd and others -v- MasterCard Inc. and others [2015] EWHC 1145 (Ch).

Award for advocacy

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.