Dentons faces $3.5m professional negligence claim in DIFC courts

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  • Christmas to be cancelled ?

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  • That story merits a headline and potentially destroying that associate's reputation over an as yet unproven allegation? Is The Lawyer now bringing a bit of tabloid lack of discretion and taste to the world of legal news?

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  • I completely agree with Anonylus @ 8.56am above...the individual in question wasn't even a partner at the time.

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  • Agreed. Just how exactly does naming the associate involved (who, as the above poster pointed out, is likely to have been supervised in some capacity on this) add to the story? Pretty shameful stuff.

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  • I agree with the above that the associates name should be removed.
    That said It is good to see when large law firms are bought to account for thier mistakes.

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  • If the associate was named in the claim form then why wouldn't The Lawyer publish his name? One might even suggest it has a duty to report his name as being in the public interest. Lawyers might find it hard to believe, but reporting has to be objective to serve the purposes of everyone.
    This is law in the Middle East, if you can't take the heat stand away from the fire.
    Why all the fuss - national press name criminal suspects all the time without being held to account.

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  • It would seem from a quick search of the Law Society's website that the named assciate qualified in 2009 and so was actually a trainee at the time. Could someone at TheLawyer.com look into this urgently and remove the poor man's name from the article f this is true. There must be a partner who supervised this matter who can be named if necessary.

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  • Anonymous 28/10/11 @ 12:51:
    If "reporting has to be objective to serve the purposes of everyone" (which must be correct as a statement of general principle) then the report ought to say whether the associate was supervised in carrying out work for this client.
    That nothing is said about this raises the suspicion (but no more than that) that this obvious - and important - fact may have been overlooked in the reporting of this story (or any briefing on the claim now brought, by whichever side).

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  • Just because someone qualified as an English solicitor in 2009 does not necessarily mean they were a trainee immediately prior to that. They could, for example, have been a lawyer originally qualified in another jurisdiction and practising for a number of years before taking the QLTT....

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  • I live in Dubai and heard about the case. I believe the partner in charge was MIchael Kerr. Its been in the press in Dubai and you can see it on the DIFC courts website

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