Former Collyer Bristow partner and ex-Rangers Football Club company secretary Gary Withey has dropped plans to join the £25m trial over the football club’s finances as a defendant.
The Lawyer reported in August that proceedings had been delayed after Withey expressed a desire to defend himself against allegations regarding his conduct in a claim for damages against his former firm (13 August 2012).
Withey could not be contacted, but The Lawyer understands he no longer wants to be a defendant in the case.
The case has been brought by Rangers’ administrators at Duff & Phelps against Collyer Bristow. The firm is accused of “deliberate deception” in relation to Withey’s role in businessman Craig Whyte’s doomed takeover of the Scottish club.
Withey, who is now a consultant for Segens, had instructed Mayer Brown partner Will Glassey and Wilberforce Chambers’ John Wardell QC to represent him.
But he is now represented by the same Clyde & Co team acting for Collyer Bristow.
Taylor Wessing restructuring partners Nick Moser and Neil Smyth and South Square’s Mark Phillips QC are instructed for the administrators, with Clyde & Co partner Richard Harrison and senior associate Nicole McKinnon and 3VB’s Cyril Kinsky QC and Matthew Hardwick and Wilberforce Chambers’ Ian Croxford QC representing Collyer Bristow.