Lawyers in the spotlight

It’s not been the greatest week for lawyers and law firms in the courts.

As our blog reports, Clifford Chance’s arguments in favour of having a dispute involving two Saudi Arabian princes heard in private were robustly dismissed by Mr Justice Mann last week, with the judge declaring evidence from partner Ian Roxborough was not “clear or cogent” enough to rely on.

Meanwhile, in a different context, Stewarts Law litigation partner Andrew Shaw was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in a highly unusual private prosecution. The reasoning is yet to be released, but Shaw is expected to appeal.

And Travers Smith, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Freeth Cartwright were all also in the headlines with claims against them. The first two firms face employment claims, while Freeth Cartwright has become the latest to get targeted over in advice provided around the MMR vaccine.

For those litigators looking for a distraction from such news, this week’s analysis looks at upcoming Supreme Court cases and the new world of litigation funding, post-Jackson.

Elsewhere in litigation:

  • It’s all go at the bar, with 39 Essex Street taking yet another silk from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and Birmingham set St Philips Chambers planning launches in London and Leeds
  • And, Devereax Chambers’ Kate Balmer scrutinises the Court of Appeal’s decision on back-to-work schemes