Dentons faces $3.5m professional negligence claim in DIFC courts

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  • Anonymous | 28-Oct-2011 1:01 pm:
    Having seen the claim form the associate is the only person named and whether or not he has been supervised isn't mentioned. This story is very close to the facts. Surely it would be unfair to name a supervising partner whose name isn't mentioned in the claim? Whether or not a mistake was made is not to be decided by me, you or The Lawyer, but the courts and as the claim doesn't name any partner I doubt any judge will when resolving the issue. It will settle though, they always do.

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  • Anonymous | 28-Oct-2011 3:36 pm:
    If that's what the claim form says then fair enough and The Lawyer has not made a mistake in terms of reporting what the claim form says, whether obvious or not. I haven't seen the claim form myself, which is why I was careful to say that only a suspicion of a mistake in the reporting was raised.
    However, I disagree (I think) that it would necessarily be unfair to name a supervising partner whose name wasn't mentioned in the claim: for my part, I would hope (but I am an optimist) that any decent legal journalist reporting on the claim would do so (or at the very least observe that the name of the supervising partner is not mentioned in the claim form), not least because a legal reporter ought to know that an associate does not (as a general rule) handle matters unsupervised, but also because - whatever the claim form says - it is such an important and plainly relevant fact. But of course this is a very different point that raises the question of what "proper" reporting of a dispute might involve and one on which opinions may well differ.
    Best,
    Anonymous | 28-Oct-2011 1:01 pm.

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