Palace dumps Farrers in favour of Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith has won its first mandate for the Queen ahead of her official solicitors Farrer & Co.

The firm – Law Firm of the Year at this year’s The Lawyer Awards – is advising Buckingham Palace on a possible breach of confidence action against the Daily Mirror, which last week revealed it had sent reporter Ryan Parry to pose as a footman at the palace for two months.

Herbert Smith has won a temporary injunction preventing the paper from publishing further revelations from Parry, who used a fake reference to secure his position at Buckingham Palace.

The injunction, granted at the High Court last Friday (21 November) applies to all media and lasts until 4.30pm today (24 November) to give the Daily Mirror’s lawyers time to prepare their case for a full hearing.

David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers is representing Buckingham Palace and Richard Spearman QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is acting for the Daily Mirror.

Herbert Smith and Farrers were unable to comment.