Recent Mandates

Given the confidential and sensitive nature of our work, we are unable to identify many of the instructions we have undertaken. However, in order to provide a sample, we can identify the following recent mandates:

  • Acting for partners in a private equity LLP in a partnership dispute relating to the internal affairs of the LLP and removal by investors of the General Partner of the Fund including proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration and applications for emergency and expedited procedures.
  • Acting for parties to US proceedings in connection with Hague Convention letters of request to the English court, obtaining orders for the examination of witnesses and disclosure of documents in London, and successfully defending challenges to the orders on the grounds of non-disclosure and oppression.
  • Acting for One Blackfriars Limited (in liquidation) in a claim under the Insolvency Act against the former joint administrators of One Blackfriars Ltd in respect of the alleged sale of this landmark South Bank development at a substantial undervalue.
  • Acting for large group of UK high street and online retailers in high-profile funded claims against Visa and MasterCard worth over £400 million for the alleged overcharging of multilateral interchange fees in breach of competition law. HK LLP is well known for having represented Tesco Stores Limited in its interchange claims against both card schemes and for settling the Tesco Stores Limited interchange claim against Visa on confidential terms days before the start of the trial on liability in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for a global wine and spirit retailer in a dispute with Goldman Sachs arising out of ultra vires foreign exchange derivative transactions entered into by its former finance director.
  • Acting for investors in UK proceedings to enforce a large ICSID arbitration award against a state.
  • Acting for Scottish drilling technology firm in dispute with major US oil and gas conglomerate in dispute over the sale of intellectual property subject to arbitration in London under the ICC Rules.
  • Acting for a large international private equity firm in a fraud and negligence dispute with a developer and a large retail bank over security for a development loan to fund a building project in Ireland.
  • Acting for the liquidators of a student property development company in a claim for breach of trust against a firm of solicitors. The claim involves matters of Guernsey and English law and HK is working alongside Grant Thornton and specialist guernsey litigation boutique Ferbrache and Farrell.
  • Acting for a private commercial aviation company in an aircraft management dispute with Gamma Aviation Plc. The claim settled shortly before trial in December 2019.
  • Acting for Anoto AB and Anoto Limited in their claims against City Soft Limited and Edward Belgeonne for copyright and trademark infringement and breach of confidence. Following summary judgment by IPEC for the firm’s clients in February 2019, the inquiry as to damages commenced.
  • Acting for a company investing in a mainland Southeast Asian country in connection with a substantial claim under the ICSID Convention (for the settlement of international investment disputes).
  • Acting in LCIA proceedings on an international arbitration for a major international pharmaceutical company in dispute over distribution of pharmaceuticals in Malaysia.
  • Acting for a Ukrainian oligarch and associated corporate vehicles in complex proceedings in the Commercial Court in London involving two other oligarchs in relation to a number of substantial claims and counterclaims worth over £2 billion following the termination of business dealings between them.
  • Acting for a major Spanish industrial conglomerate in a financing dispute relating to the construction of a desalinisation plant in the Middle East.
  • Acting for an investment bank, carrying out an internal investigation and reporting on LIBOR methodology and procedures.
  • Acting against our client’s previous firm of solicitors in relation to the allegedly negligent settlement of multi-million pound litigation where the effect of settling with one joint tortfeasor without appropriate reservations had the effect of automatically compromising claims in deceit against the remaining investment bank defendant. The underlying claim related to the high profile collapse of property developer Mark Entwistle who received a 14 year custodial sentence in 2014 for mortgage fraud.
  • Acting in claims for damages for breach of fiduciary duty against former directors in connection with the giving of a guarantee by the company of the liabilities of non-group companies.
  • Acting for the liquidators of a Guernsey company in a claim against a London firm of solicitors for breach of trust arising out of the drawdown and application of loans to the company.
  • Acting for individuals in the defence of a claim by the purchaser of a company for substantial damages for alleged breaches of warranty given in the sale and purchase agreement.
  • Acting for an individual director in connection with disqualification proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 including disqualification undertakings given to the Secretary of State.
  • Acting for a partner in a partnership dispute in relation to the affairs and finances of a City of London law firm.
  • Successful defence of LCIA arbitral proceedings relating to the sale of a substantial Russian business.
  • Acting for international property developer on a large commercial lease dispute in ICC arbitration seated in London and governed by Swiss law.
  • Representing a Dutch provider of management services in the steel industry in a high value LCIA arbitration against an Eastern European state and a state-owned company arising out of the privatisation of a major steel manufacturing plant.
  • Acting for Simmons & Simmons LLP in proceedings in the Commercial Court in London, successfully obtaining summary judgment on a claim made against the firm 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.
  • For Marfin Investment Group and others in proceedings in the English High Court challenging by way of appeal to a Judge the registration in England of a worldwide freezing order made in the Cyprus court and in a further appeal to the Court of Appeal on the effectiveness and enforceability of the registration order pending the appeal.
  • Representing 48 investors in an investment scheme in which they lost all their money and in connection with proceedings against Locke Lord (UK) LLP and others in the Chancery Division for substantial damages. The claim was funded by litigation funders and successfully settled in late 2017.
  • Acting for an international utility company, carrying out an internal investigation and reporting on compliance with safety requirements in North Sea oil and gas exploration and storage.
  • Representing the former Head of Compliance and Operational Risk of an international investment bank, in the context of a regulatory investigation into possible data breaches.
  • Acting for a Kuwaiti-headquartered oil and gas company in a dispute subject to LCIA arbitration concerning rights and obligations in a joint venture agreement for the construction and operation of a major port hydrocarbon terminal under a concession granted by the Kingdom of Morocco.