Being kicked off a panel always stings but for DWF the loss of the Government’s Insolvency Service (IS) panel work was just too hard to take. As we report today, the firm is in a High Court showdown with the agency over its decision to choose Shepherd and Wedderburn.
Most firms would like a peek at the panel selection process and that’s just what DWF’s lawyers demanded. Their conclusion? That the IS process was unlawful and constituted a breach of duty.
Sour grapes or a “partial and relative, ad-hoc comparison” using “arbitrarily selected” criteria? The High Court will decide.
The current spat follows the Government’s decision to put in place a new central litigation panel last year. The outcome of this Government vs. law firm case will also be watched closely by the Ministry of Defence. The department is on the hunt to refresh its roster for the first time in five years.
Panel processes – a fight to the death? Maybe not. But a fight in the courts, certainly.
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