Litigation

Court Work

We represent clients in the Commercial, High, Mercantile and County Courts, from low value claims to claims worth in excess of £50 million, and from single claimant/single defendant matters to multi-party group litigation involving 700 parties.

RCB is unusual for a City practice in that its personnel have gained broader experience in this area than comparable firms. We have successfully defended a variety of claims at trial where appropriate. RCB has an enviable trial record over the last 10 years and we have also dealt with a number of unreported county court cases. We are, if so instructed, willing and able to take important points of principle through to a full trial or hearing.

We have obtained trial successes for our clients in the following reported cases:

  • Axa Insurance Ltd (formerly Winterthur Swiss Insurance Co) v Akther & Darby Solicitors & Ors [2009] EWHC 635 (Comm)​
  • Axa Insurance Ltd (formerly Winterthur Swiss Insurance Co) v Akther & Darby Solicitors & Ors [2009] EWCA Civ 1166
  • Rudyard Kipling Thorpe (litigation friend to Mrs Leonie Leanthie Hill) v Fellowes Solicitors LLP [2011] EWHC 61 (QB)
  • Maria Boyle v Thompsons Solicitors LLP [2012] EWHC 36 (QB)​
  • David Frost v Wake Smith Tofields Solicitors [2013] EWCA Civ 772​
  • Haskew v Wacks Caller & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 350​
  • Marshall v The Price Partnership Solicitors [2013] EWHC 4256 (QB)
  • Irene Elaine King v (1) David John King (2) Christine Theresa King (3) Mark Ellis [2014] EWHC 2827 (Ch)​
  • Jackson v Thompsons Solicitors (A Firm) & Ors [2015] EWHC 218 (QB)

  • Multi-Party Cases

    RCB personnel have extensive experience in multi-party litigation from derivative and class actions to regulatory enquiries with parallel court proceedings against a number of parties. Cost management and protection in these cases is the firm’s speciality. Notably:

  • Jackson v Thompsons Solicitors (A Firm) & Ors [2015] EWHC 218 (QB)​
  • Pre-Action Protocols

    RCB seek to resolve their clients’ disputes before court proceedings become necessary, within the relevant pre-action protocols:

  • Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol
  • Pre-Action Protocol for Defamation
  • Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review
  • Electronic Disclosure Practice Direction
  • Where a client’s grievance is not specifically covered by a pre-action protocol, we encourage our opposing parties to act within the spirit of the pre-action protocols.

    Much emphasis is placed on the cards-on-the-table approach to solving disputes with Mediation and “without prejudice” negotiations greatly encouraged. The protocols offer a fantastic opportunity to resolve clients’ problems before having to defend or prosecute formal court proceedings.