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David Wyld & Co has launched a claim against former clients Jack and Helga Dadourian over unpaid fees.
Name partner David Wyld, who quit his position as head of litigation at Macfarlanes in 2002 to set up the firm, was instructed by the Dadourians to defend a claim brought against them by Dadourian Group International (DGI) in January 2006.
The defendants, who were being pursued by DGI for damages owed from an earlier dispute, were found guilty of fraudulent representation by Mr Justice Warren in April that year.
Wyld was subsequently instructed to act for the pair at a Court of Appeal hearing, which they lost, and during a House of Lords application, which was rejected.
A bill was sent to the defendants’ Paris and US addresses in December; it was also emailed and Wyld spoke to his former clients, but the bill is yet to be paid, the writ states.
The fees total £314,000, less than the estimated costs because the instructed counsel, Stuart Cakebread of No5 Chambers and Juliette Levy of Selbourne Chambers, agreed to halve their fees if the appeal was lost.