Three Devereux barristers in The Lawyer ‘Top 10 cases of 2010’

Three Devereux barristers are involved in one of ‘The Lawyer’ magazine’s Top 10 cases of 2010.  The claims made in Horwood v Argos Ltd & others – the Linkwise/Eurosofa DMF group litigationcame to prominence following a series of reports on BBC’s Watchdog. Thought to be the largest group litigation about a consumer product in British legal history, over 4,500 claimants are claiming more than £10m from 14 high street stores, including Land of Leather, Homebase and Argos, after they allegedly sold contaminated leather furniture.

Colin Edelman QC and Andrew Burns are instructed by Wendy Hopkins of Beachcroft for Zurich in the insurance aspects of the case arising from a claim by individual claimants under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930 against the insurers of Land of Leather.

Colin Mendoza is instructed by Stephen Covell of Bond Pearce LLP for Creation Consumer Finance in relation to the underlying personal injury claims. Creation was joined as a defendant in relation to claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 for sofas bought using its credit facilities.

The trial of the insurance issues is due to take place in the Commercial Court in March 2010. The main group litigation returns for case management before Mr Justice MacDuff in May 2010.

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