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Woodsford supports further major Australian class actions against car manufacturers with claims filed against Hyundai and Kia

February 17th, 2023|

Hyundai and Kia engine defect class actions launched in Australia Class actions were filed on Wednesday (15th February) in the Federal Court of Australia relating to defective engines in various Hyundai and Kia vehicles sold in Australia from 2011 to date. The actions allege that the numerous vehicles sold by Hyundai and Kia in Australia were offered for sale with [...]

Woodsford announces further major expansion, with five new hires in the UK and Australia

December 6th, 2022|

Woodsford announces further major expansion We are excited to announce a  further major expansion of our global team with the appointment of Jordan Howells as Senior Investment Officer together with three other appointments to our executive team and the addition of former Australian Federal Court Judge, Hon. Neil McKerracher KC, to our Investment Advisory Panel (IAP). The appointments of Howells, [...]

Woodsford supports Toyota Diesel Defeat Device class action in Australia

October 18th, 2022|

Woodsford supports Toyota Diesel Defeat Device class action in Australia. Woodsford supports another major Australian class action with a claim filed yesterday (17th October) in the Supreme Court of Victoria on behalf of up to half a million owners of diesel-powered Toyota vehicles. The class action filed yesterday by Victoria-based Maddens Lawyers alleges that Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited manufactured [...]

Woodsford supports $Multibillion claim filed against Sony Group

August 20th, 2022|

Woodsford supports $Multibillion claim filed against Sony Group. Woodsford is proud to support another major UK class action, with a $Multibillion claim filed against UK subsidiaries of Sony Group in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on 19 August. The claim is being brought on behalf of UK-based PlayStation users who have purchased digital games and/or add-on content from the PlayStation [...]

The Case For Company-Directed Offensive ESG Litigation

July 12th, 2022|

The Case For Company-Directed Offensive ESG Litigation In a provocative article published in Law360, Woodsford’s Bob Koneck argues that there is an opportunity for the legal industry to benefit from an ESG paradigm shift — rather than treat ESG litigation as a mere source of liability, companies and their lawyers should evaluate and pursue offensive ESG litigation as a linchpin of their [...]

Woodsford ranked band 2 for litigation funding by Chambers

July 4th, 2022|

Chambers 2022 Litigation Support rankings have been announced. We are pleased to share that Woodsford ranked Band 2 for litigation funding. Congratulations to our CEO Steven Friel and CIO (EMEA & APAC) Charlie Morris for being recognised individuals. See here for the complete rankings.

Litigation Funding 2022 – your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in New Zealand

March 21st, 2022|

Third-party litigation funding is permitted in New Zealand. Although the common law torts of maintenance (assisting a party in litigation without justification) and champerty (assisting in consideration of a share of proceeds of the litigation) have not technically been abolished, the recent attitude of the New Zealand courts to third-party funding can be described as ‘cautiously permissive’ and, perhaps, increasingly [...]

Court decides that groundbreaking £150m class action on behalf of UK car buyers can proceed

February 18th, 2022|

Court decides that groundbreaking £150m class action on behalf of UK car buyers can proceed London’s specialist competition court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, has today  (Friday 18 February) given the green light to a class action on behalf of millions of motorists and businesses, who bought or leased a new car between October 2006 and September 2015, to claim against [...]

Litigation Funding 2022 – your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding for international arbitration

February 7th, 2022|

Litigation Funding 2022- your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding for international arbitration While international arbitration spans multiple types of claims, overlapping jurisdictions and legal regimes, there are some commonalities to consider. A practitioner considering a transaction involving third-party funding of international arbitration will need to consider multiple potentially relevant jurisdictions. For example, one might need [...]

Litigation Funding 2022 – your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in the Netherlands

February 3rd, 2022|

Litigation Funding 2022- your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in The Netherlands Litigation funding is available and is legally permitted in the Netherlands – both in state court litigation and in arbitration. Litigation funding constitutes a growing field, especially for arbitration and mass tort claim litigation. You can keep on top of all the developments [...]

Litigation Funding 2022 – your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in Australia

January 28th, 2022|

Litigation Funding 2022- your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in Australia  The environment for litigation funding is increasingly complex with several recent judicial and legislative developments affecting the conduct of third-party litigation funding. The developments predominantly relate to funding of representative proceedings, with third-party litigation funding being subjected to a degree of scrutiny not previously seen. [...]

Litigation Funding 2022 – your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in England & Wales

January 24th, 2022|

Litigation Funding 2022- your updated guide to the developing law and practice of funding in England & Wales Third-party litigation funding has long been permitted and endorsed by the judiciary and policymakers as a tool of access to justice. Consistent with modern public policy, English courts have a generally positive attitude to third- party funding. The law and practice of [...]

Litigation Funding 2022 – your global guide to the law and practice of funding in 23 key jurisdictions

January 20th, 2022|

Litigation Funding 2022- your global guide to the law and practice of funding in 23 key jurisdictions. Woodsford is proud that the 6th edition of Litigation Funding, published by Lexology and edited by our very own Steven Friel and Jonathan Barnes is available to download. The guide covers the law and practice of litigation finance in 22 jurisdictions and international [...]

Govia Thameslink Railway to face legal claim worth up to £77m as over 3 million consumers are overcharged for London train fares

November 25th, 2021|

Govia Thameslink Railway to face legal claim worth up to £77m The claim, funded by Woodsford, is seeking compensation worth up to £77m for routine overcharging on train tickets affecting an estimated 3.2 million passengers and has been filed against the operator of one of Britain’s busiest commuter railway networks. The collective claim against Govia Thameslink Railway (“GTR”) – the [...]

Rail Passengers Cleared to Make £93m Legal Claim for ‘Boundary Fares’

October 20th, 2021|

Rail Passengers Cleared to Make £93m Legal Claim for ‘Boundary Fares’ London’s specialist competition court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has given the green light to rail passengers to seek compensation for overcharging by the Southeastern and South Western rail franchises by not making ‘boundary fares’ sufficiently available to consumers. In a judgment delivered yesterday, The standalone claim was [...]

Read our whitepaper: Litigation Finance for In-house Legal Departments

August 26th, 2021|

Litigation Finance for In-house Legal Departments In-house legal departments face tremendous financial and operational pressure. Most general counsel believe that technological modernization and more effective management of spend on outside counsel could result in cost savings. But most lack the resources to actually bankroll modernization and more effectively manage outside counsel. Companies experiencing these challenges—and even those not—may decline to [...]

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