Matrix featured in six of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2020


Matrix has featured in six of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases – an annual synopsis by the legal magazine of the cases to watch for 2020.

The cases include:

  • Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v Farhad Azima
    An ongoing fraud dispute that is due to be heard in the Chancery Division in January 2020, as an investment authority is alleging that former CIA operative Farhad Azima inflated the value of assets during a joint venture.
    Acting for the claimant, Hugh Tomlinson QC and Edward Craven are instructed by Stewarts partner, Lucy Ward. 
  • West Coast Trains Partnership Limited & Ors v Department for Transport & Ors
    The 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation is four separate claims against the Department for Transport, which has been rolled up into one massive claim. The claims arise out of three separate rail franchise procurement competitions run by the DfT between 2017 and 2019: the East Midlands franchise, the South East franchise and the West Coast franchise. The claimants challenge their respective disqualification from the competitions for their failure to submit compliant tender bids.
    Rhodri Thompson QC is acting for the defendants for claims arising out of the West Coast competition (instructed by Addleshaw Goddard partner Bill Gilliam), the East Midlands competition (instructed by Eversheds Sutherland partner Richard Pitt) and the South Easter competition (instructed by DLA Piper partner Paul Stone). 
  • Amjad Rihan v E&Y Global Limited, E&Y Europe LLP, E&Y (EMEIA) Services Limited, EYGS LLP
    Amjad Rihan, a former partner at EY, has brought a claim against various EY entities alleging that he was forced out of EY after he identified major violations committed by an audit client, Kaloti Jewellery International.
    Acting for the claimant, Prof. Zachary Douglas QC and Mathew Purchase are instructed by Leigh Day partner Daniel Leader.
  • Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan v Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd
    Three Russian oligarchs, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan, have launched data protection proceedings in relation to the processing of their personal data within a memorandum that was published by Buzzfeed as part of the so-called ‘Trump dossier’.
    Acting for the claimant, Hugh Tomlinson QC and Kirsten Sjovoll are instructed by CMS partner Geraldine Proudler. 
  • Mamadou Sakho and MS Pop Limited v World Anti-Doping Agency
    Former Liverpool FC and France footballer Mamadou Sakho has brought a claim against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), accusing the foundation of negligence and defamation.
    Acting for the defendant, Guy Vassall-Adams QC is instructed by Covington & Burling partner Greg Lascelles.
  • Benyatov v Credit Suisse
    Vadim Benyatov is the claimant in question, who is seeking £68m in lost earnings after he was handed a criminal conviction for espionage while working for the Swiss bank in Romania. The High Court set to consider whether Credit Suisse should have done more to protect an investment banker when sending him to work in a high-risk country.
    Acting for the defendant, Paul Skinner and Emma Foubister are instructed by Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP partner Richard Kelly.

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