Year: 2021

Supreme Court unanimously rules that claims on behalf of 50,000 Nigerian villagers against Royal Dutch Shell must proceed to trial

In a landmark judgment in HRH Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc [2021] UKSC 3, the Supreme Court has today unanimously ruled that claims against Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDS) brought by approximately 50,000 inhabitants of two rural communities in the Niger Delta must proceed to a full trial. The claimants allege that RDS negligently failed […]

Supreme Court decides that section 2(3) Criminal Justice Act 1987 cannot require foreigner to produce material held overseas

Jamas Hodivala QC acted for KBR, Inc. with Lord Pannick QC and Richard Kovalevsky QC in helping to secure its recent landmark victory against the SFO. The team was instructed by Barry Vitou and his team at Greenberg Traurig LLP. On 5 February 2021, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed with the arguments presented by KBR, Inc.’s […]

Matrix featured in two of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2021

Matrix members have featured in two of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases, a summary of the top cases to watch this year. The cases include: R(Heathrow Airport) v Her Majesty’s Treasury and HMRC Heathrow Airport has teamed up with Global Blue and World Duty Free for a judicial review challenge on the decision to scrap […]

Matrix signs up to 10,000 Black Interns initiative

Matrix has signed up to the 10,000 Black Interns programme, an initiative designed to help transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom. In collaboration with other organisations including 4PB, Keating, Littleton, QEB Hollis Whiteman and the Bar Council, Matrix will offer paid work experience to interns on the programme. […]

Shrewsbury 24 Pickets Case back before the Court of Appeal after 47 years

The case concerns the long running disputed public order convictions of trade unionists in the building industry. Freshly discovered evidence by the pickets’ researcher Eileen Turnbull now shows that original witness statements were destroyed, and the defence were not told that this had happened. A documentary that was aired during the trial did not cause […]