Amar Mehta

Amar Mehta is a reporter working on Litigation Tracker news and analyses. He joined The Lawyer in March 2019. He tweets @TheLawyerAmar

Quinn lures Fried Frank litigator in first City hire of 2020

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired Justin Michaelson as a partner from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Michaelson leaves Fried Frank after almost eight years, having joined from SJ Berwin in 2012. His practice involves the representation of high net worth individuals and companies in high-stakes cross-border disputes involving commercial litigation, international arbitration […]

Legal quartet raise £25,000 in bid to support disenfranchised minorities

Four lawyers have teamed up to form a charity to tackle racial injustice in the UK, with Clifford Chance providing financial support to the initiative. The magic circle firm is providing advice to One Case At A Time (OCAAT), set up by 5 St Andrews Hill’s Alexandra Wilson, Freeths trainee solicitor Isaac Eloi, Akin Gump Strauss […]

Department of Justice

Dechert client accuses DoJ of misconduct in Deutsche Bank dispute

A former Deutsche Bank trader has accused the US Department of Justice of prosecutorial misconduct, relating to a fraud case in Chicago. James Vorley, who has instructed Dechert, stands accused of “spoofing” for trades, or market manipulation, while working at the bank’s London office. Vorley and Cedric Chanu were precious metals traders at Deutsche and […]

Dechert told to produce documents in latest RAKIA development

Dechert’s board in the US will have to disclose documents relating to its client, the RAK Investment Authority, as part of a human rights claim brought by a Jordanian lawyer and current prisoner. Karam Al Sadeq, who was imprisoned for fraud against RAKIA is bringing a lawsuit in England and Wales against the firm and […]

parliament government

Legal challenge over UK lockdown gets go-ahead at Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has said that a judicial review brought against the UK Government’s lockdown rules highlights ‘fundamental’ concerns over the accountability of ministers. Businessman Simon Dolan instructed Wedlake Bell in May, and then issued legal proceedings against the UK Government, Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care and Gavin […]

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Womble Bond Dickinson rebuked by regulator

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has been rebuked and fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The regulator investigated after WBD self-reported. A corporate client asked WBD to hold funds for it in the firm’s accounts. The client requested that these funds were held on behalf of the client’s client – who was not associated with WBD. […]

The 12 biggest moves at the Bar in July

There were a number of moves between private practice and chambers last month, as former court justices also found new homes at the Bar. In terms of private practice exits, it was revealed that Wendy Miles QC would be joining Debevoise & Plimpton for Twenty Essex, while movements between chambers themselves also took place. Keating […]

London

Proskauer eyes litigation growth after first City hire

Proskauer Rose is targeting significant growth in its contentious practice in London after the firm hired its first litigation partner earlier this year. The firm hired Dorothy Murray in March from KWM to set up her litigation practice at the US firm. Murray’s practice focuses on investment and commercial disputes, acting for clients in a […]

Wirecard

Quinn drafts in litigation funder for Wirecard clash against EY

Litigation funder Omni Bridgeway has teamed up with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to fund proposed litigation brought on behalf of shareholders of Wirecard. The litigation, which is being considered against EY, follows the insolvency of Wirecard in June after allegations of balance sheet manipulation. Senior executives and leadership at Wirecard were also arrested on […]

HSF partner profits slide by almost 10 per cent

Herbert Smith Freehills’ profit per equity partner (PEP) fell by almost 10 per cent over 2019/20, with the firm reporting a minimal increase in revenue. Profit was £283.2m in the last financial year, down 7.7 per cent on the previous financial year when it was £306.7m. PEP was £857,000, down 9.7 per cent on the […]