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CAT awards £1.5m in UK’s first collective settlement

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has approved the UK’s first collective settlement approval order. The £1.5m settlement between Mark McLaren, class representative, and Compania Sudamericana de Vapores S.A. (CSAV) was approved following a hearing on 6 December 2023. This was the first ever collective settlement approval order made by the Tribunal under the collective proceedings regime […]

High Court grants Manston detainees permission for judicial review

In late 2022, thousands of migrants were detained at Manston Short-Term Holding Facility in inhumane and degrading conditions and for periods which exceeded statutory time limits. Evidence indicates that the then Home Secretary knew that conditions were deteriorating and thousands of detained persons were being held unlawfully, but she did not take steps to alleviate […]

£1.6 million award upheld in the Employment Appeal Tribunal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an award of over £1.6 million in SPI Spirits (UK) Limited & Shefler v Zabelin [2023] EAT 147 Following a claimant’s successful whistleblowing claim, the employment tribunal awarded damages against his former employer and its ultimate owner. The damages included an Acas uplift of over £150,000 before grossing up […]