Linklaters sues Gianni after being hit with Credit Suisse-Parmalat writ

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  • As far as I am aware this is the first time a law firm has sued a former employee and its overseas counsel. Tut, tut, tut.
    Foreign counsel from all over the world will be watching this one very closely.

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  • I have had dealings with the Italian legal system, yes. And I can back up the recent Oxford University survey which showed it's usually quicker to get to a Supreme Court judgment here than it is to get to a first instance Italian decision.
    As the Williams Grand Prix team, for example; 13 years of continual investigation before a final verdict.

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  • Spaghetti with swiss cheese served in London

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  • Does Andrea Platania still work as a Director (Legal) for Barclays? I hope Barclays pulls its finger out and supports one of its own.

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  • To Euroscep Tick:
    One thing is to say that the Italian judicial system is slow (and that may be true for the civil court system, not the criminal one mentioned in your wrong example), another is qualifiying the Italian legal system as "intellectually poor".
    My personal "on the ground" experience is that it is so sophisticated and articulated - its roots (codes, laws and tehoretical background) date back to a time where the word "legal" did not even exist in English - that "poor minds" fail to understand it.
    Your comment is so inappropriate that borders racism and prejudices.
    This could be a brutal response but that it is what your comment called for.

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  • To Roman fan:
    Given that the roots go back to Rome - where the used to stab (litereally) each other in the back every chance they got - does that mean that we should congratulate the Italian system for having taken the legal system as far as they have.
    I am confused.

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  • @Roman Fan
    The Oxford study I mentioned was into the civil system, not the criminal one. And as for racism and prejudice, my - and several colleagues' - experience of the Italian system has been that, where you have an Italian party against a non-Italian party, the Italian party always wins.

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  • To Euroscep Tick or to the Anonymous which referred to me:
    Clearly your are confused. What is the relevance of back-stabbing anyway? A Freudian slip of tongue of a backstabber?
    In any event, in ancient Rome cases of back-stabbing were dealt with by proper Tribunals, with great lawyers (Cicerone, rings a bell?) already 2,500 years ago, something that was not seen elsewhere until at least the middle-age.
    The Italian legal system could be better (no doubt about this) but to say that is affected by "intellectal poverty" could be explained only by the fact, as you admit, that you are confused.

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  • To Euroscep Tick:
    Your wrong example was not the Oxford Study but the Williams investigation (which was criminal).
    There are two explanations to your experience:
    - the Italian system is biased in favour of Italians; or
    - the Italian-party lawyers performed better or simply had a better case.
    In either case, "intellecutual poverty" would not seem to reflect that.

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  • I would take bias as being a sign of intellectual poverty, but if it's different I'll happily stand corrected.
    I know the Williams case was criminal, I was throwing it in as a concrete example of delay. Which again I would consider a sign of intellectual poverty, the constant appealing and re-opening suggestive of a system that failed to get to grips with the facts. And then returned evidence to be destroyed whilst an appeal was still pending...

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