Members of Fountain Court appear regularly in courts and tribunals across England & Wales. We are familiar with County Court litigation at which both silks and juniors excel, having regularly been instructed to appear at court centres across the UK.
Our barristers, for example, have been leading the defence of many banks against the interest rate swap misselling claims, which, after PPI, have become the latest and largest of the mass consumer claims to hit retail banks, although we also retain our expertise on the latter front.
Our set was instructed on the Group Case Management hearing in Manchester’s Mercantile Court before Waksman J at which guidance was provided to other judges around the country as to the case management of PPI claims, and appeared before that Court in the test case of Andrew v Barclays Bank (4 July 2012) in which Waksman J gave guidance as to when PPI claims should be stayed in favour of a complaint under the Bank’s complaints procedure set up in accordance with guidance provided by the FSA.
For example, we also handled one of the remaining live ‘bank charges’ cases, in the Brighton County Court following the Supreme Court decision in Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National. The claimant had won at first instance and obtained permission to continue his bank charges claim so it was of potential significance to all High Street banks going forward.
In addition, many of our barristers have taken cases listed in the High Court District Registries in the major commercial centres, such as Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Newcastle and Leeds, amongst others, or acted in cases where the triable issue was located outside of London.
Typically, at the larger end of the scale, we handle large and complex cases being conducted in the Manchester Mercantile Court and its equivalents nationally, as examples of multi-party litigation of significance, but we gave also handled professional negligence claims, IT disputes, contract actions and judicial reviews to name but some examples.
We are instructed by the regional offices of national law firms and prominent law firms in all the UK’s major cities as well as smaller practices in towns and villages.