Camerons partner drops action and walks out

CMS Cameron ­McKenna real estate disputes head Caroline DeLaney has quit after withdrawing a sexual discrimination claim against the firm.

DeLaney, who joined the firm in 1993, left last month, more than a year after she instructed Dawsons to advise her on a sex discrimination claim brought in the Employment Tribunal.
According to a source close to the firm, that claim has since been “withdrawn”.

However, the former ­litigator has now been hit with a High Court claim over unpaid fees by Dawsons (now Penningtons) in relation to the advice given.

Dawsons consultant Stephen Ralph issued the claim against DeLaney in March, prior to his firm’s merger with Penningtons. The claim alleges that DeLaney is £93,570 in arrears of legal fees after she stopped paying the firm in November last year.

In a statement following a hearing last week (24 May), Penningtons said: “The matter is currently proceeding as an assessment of costs conditional upon Ms DeLaney making a substantial interim payment.”

Camerons said it “is not in a dispute with Caro-line DeLaney”. DeLaney could not be reached for comment.