Clifford Chance is making an aggressive attempt to recover £41,000 in unpaid fees by suing a New York boutique that liaised with the magic circle firm on behalf of a client that subsequently went bankrupt
Clifford Chance is suing Philip Beck and Graham Arad, partners in New York-based Beck & Arad, for a total of £41,317.35. It is also seeking interest amounting to £5,558.38, and an extra £9.06 for each day that payment is delayed. According to a High Court claim, the money is owed under three invoices for legal advice and services in 1999 and 2000, and should have been paid within 30 days of receiving the invoices. The Lawyer understands that Beck and Arad's two-partner firm acted as the liaison between its client and Clifford Chance. But the client went bankrupt, leaving fees unpaid to both Clifford Chance and Beck & Arad, which is understood to have lost a similar amount of money to the magic circle firm. Beck and Arad are understood to be disputing the claim, arguing that it is the client that should be sued. They are also questioning the decision to pursue the matter in the English courts rather than in the US. However, it is understood that Clifford Chance's terms of business with Beck & Arad are governed by English law. Beck & Arad specialises in corporate and IT, including internet law.