Watford FC substitutes Eversheds for Mishcons in Vialli battle

Watford Football Club has ditched Eversheds for Mishcon de Reya to fight the £2m claim brought by its former coach Gianluca Vialli.
The case has been passed to Mishcons’ respected employment and media lawyer James Libson, who successfully defended Penguin against historian David Irving’s defamation claims.
Libson and Mishcons senior assistant Daniel Naftalin, who is the recommended adviser for employees made redundant by the Football Association, have accepted liability in relation to Vialli’s claim of unfair dismissal. A trial, the date of which is due to be fixed in the next few months, will determine Watford’s quantum liability and the club’s counterclaim.
Eversheds employment partner Paul Fontes was instructed for around six months before the case was passed to Mishcons. It is understood the reason for the transfer stemmed from concerns over Eversheds’ strategy and the amount Watford was paying the firm. It is understood that the club traditionally used Eversheds for its employment work.
Eversheds declined to comment.