Slaughter and May Stephenson Harwood SFO brings Slaughters on board to defend Tchenguiz damages cases By Joanne Harris 28 February 2013 12:23 17 December 2015 14:29 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 28 February 2013 at 13:41 So, the SFO at the expense of the public purse can run to defending itself with one of the most expensive law firms in the country, with likely a multi-million pound bill at the end of the process and QC’s as they choose. Excellent. Reply Link Anonymous 28 February 2013 at 14:16 Why haven’t they saved some money by getting a legal aid firm to do it at legal aid rates? Reply Link Anonymous 28 February 2013 at 15:02 @ previous anonymouses: presumably the SFO thinks that it might be able to escape a potential £300m bill by spending a bit more on a City firm and, one expects, some serious counsel. No use skimping on legal fees if you end up losing the case. Reply Link Anonymous 28 February 2013 at 17:40 3rd anon the point is about the use of public funds. Apparently your every day defendant only needs someone who is prepared to accept circa £50 per hour (or in the most complex cases) less than £150 per hour to argue with them yet when they are in trouble against a properly resourced defendant the govt will fund them to Slaughter’s rates. They ought not to be able to have it both ways. Reply Link Anonymous 28 February 2013 at 18:18 Interesting point if the cocktail for success in litigation is simply if you spend more on fees (and we’re not talking here about just any “…a City firm…”) you improve your chances of success – what does that say about access to justice? I thought the whole point of this case was a serious failure on the part of the SFO to actually think before it did anything…. Reply Link JohnTheBaptist 6 March 2013 at 18:57 I hope the SFO get clobbered and they are taught a lesson. It won’t happen though. As the above anonymous posters have mentioned, they should only be allowed a legal aid funding. I know the chances of this happening are low but I hope the SFO’s directors/execs are held personally liable for commissioning any unlawful activities. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.