A summer of settlements ends Clydes, Lehman battles

You wait all year for a big case to settle then two come at once.

The courts have broken up for summer but all the action has been out of court in the past week, with Clyde & Co settling its long-running whistleblowing dispute with a former partner and a Lehman Brothers’ pension row coming to a close.

Clyde & Co’s row with former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof has been explosive so far. Bates van Winkelhof argued that she was unfairly dismissed after blowing the whistle on the managing partner of the firm’s Tanzanian associate firm.

The dramatic case set precedent for protection due to LLP members bringing whistleblowing cases and has now settled.

The six-year fight over Lehman Brothers pensions also came to a close this week, with the Pensions Regulator settling with the insolvent companies’ administrator.

Linklaters, Dentons, Travers Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges agreed the £184m deal after Linklaters and Herbert Smith battled it out in the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Looks like summer isn’t as quiet as litigators might have hoped.

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