Addleshaw Goddard loses in mammoth CFA case Berezovsky v Abramovich

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  • Good to see that Gloster J wasn't intimidated by the guy in sunnies!

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  • WHEN YOU DANCE WITH THE DEVIL...........

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  • This case raises questions about the British legal system.

    It's accepted that courts should decide cases on the evidence presented within the four walls - though doubtful that it qualifies as part of our unwritten constitution.

    But to ignore the world outside the sealed window?

    Like an investment banker's sealed module.. misdirected intelligence.. destined to self destruct?

    Mrs Justice Gloster came across as a v*****n in a mystifying world.

    All you need to know about Mr A and Mr B is adequately explained in the daily press - and, if you only trust lawyers, buttressed by numerous cases.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/may/08/russia.football

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  • Oh dear! It would be interesting to learn what selection criteria Addleshaws use when offering CFA to clients. Surely client affordability should be in there somewhere. I can almost smell the consulting assignments from here (New Zealand)

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  • Is there anyway I could get a copy of the transcripts of the trial? I would very much like to read Sumption's opening and closing speech.

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  • AG is a fantastic firm with a stella reputation. This tiny glitch isn't going to affect them at all, and I hope that they will pursue their miserable critics through the courts.

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  • AG should be applauded for their commitment to pro bono. Shame they could not have found a more worthy cause.

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  • Fantastic comments on this article. I am especially enjoying the disgruntled ones from AG insiders spilling the beans on the details of the CFA. As for Anonymous at 2-Sep-2012 6:55 pm, AKA AG PR team, I am afraid that it is not credible to claim this is a "tiny glitch", or that AG is going to sue their critics. Also, try and spell "stellar" correctly. Overall, PR FAIL, but quite amusingly done.

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  • Maybe they did mean Stella as plainly they must have had their fill when discussing the benefits of a CFA to the firm for this case.

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  • The CFA was not "No win - No fee" but "No win - Lower fee" Not so silly silly.

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  • Anonymous | 3-Sep-2012 10:25 am: I imagine that some comments derive from the fact that certain members of this (in fact extremely talented and personable) litigation team have been walking around the City as if they own the square mile just because they are on first name terms with an oligarch.

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  • These are the questions I would really like to know the answers to:
    1. Did Mr Abramovic unreasonably refuse to mediate and if so will be penalised in costs?
    2. Who are the ATE insurers and will they refuse cover on the grounds of Gloster J's comments on Mr Berezovsky's honesty?
    3. If there was a discounted fee arrangement between AG and Mr Berezovsky; (a) what was the lower level charging rate?; (b) is there an obligation on Mr Berezovsky to be honest entitling AG to claim its usual fee in default?
    4. Are AG very keen to tell the market what the true position is, but prohibited from doing so through obligations of confidentiality to Mr Berezhovsky?

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  • What was Order in relation to costs??? Party/party costs.
    I suggest both of them to review legal costs paid to their lawyers, they must have contemporaneous file notes etc to prove such fees, I think it could be reduced by 50%

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  • Given the findings of fact against Beresovsky I wonder if the ATE U/Ws will mainatin cover?

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