Mishcon turns to DPP silk for latest litigation launch

Mishcon de Reya has been on a mission over the past few years. Its aim? To build the leading litigation practice in London.

So, no small ambition then. But then Mishcon isn’t a firm exactly known for having shy and retiring lawyers. It prefers the high-profile approach, a trend it has just underlined with the hire of Alison Levitt QC, the principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Levitt has been brought in with a specific mandate, to launch and build a business crime unit that complements the work Mishcon is already doing in other areas of litigation. As Kas Nouroozi, Mishcon’s dispute resolution group head, points out there is an increasing blurring of the lines between regulatory, civil and criminal matters.

Mishcon hopes Levitt’s arrival will bring a spot of clarity to that blurring for its clients. From a broader perspective her move from a senior government role to one in private practice, while well-trodden in the US, is also becoming increasingly prevalent here.

The litigation bandwagon is still rolling.

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