Former client sues Princess Di’s lawyer

Former Mishcon de Reya managing partner Anthony Julius is being sued by a former client as part of a wider dispute between the executives of an offshore metals business.

Julius, who was Princess Diana’s lawyer, is being sued by Amir Peretz Weissfisch, who until the beginning of 2005 was paying £15,000 a month to Julius to provide legal advice to himself, his brother Rami and companies belonging to MRG Bahamas.

According to the claim form filed at the High Court in London, Weissfisch claims Julius refused to hand over documents generated during the seven years he was on the retainer. The case is one of a number of disputes reported to be taking place in the UK and the Bahamas between the brothers and Julius. Julius refused to comment.

Allen & Overy partners Richard Smith and Stephen Jagusch are advising Julius and have instructed Graham Dunning QC of Essex Court Chambers. Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Matthew Shankland is advising Weissfisch, instructing Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV Old Buildings. Lewis Silkin litigation specialist Tom Coates is advising Rami and has instructed Michael Briggs QC of Serle Court.