Clerking restructures, Russian tycoons and George Clooney

Doughty Street predictably made a big splash this week due to the wedding of George Clooney and human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin . The set was forced to upgrade its website due to a flood in hits after the couple got engaged earlier this year.

The chambers also made the news for more traditional reasons, having restructured its clerking team to beef up its criminal division and focus on business development.

It’s been a busy few weeks at Doughty Street after losing Paul Bowen QC to Brick Court last month on top of a five-barrister exit to Monckton Chambers earlier in the year. Three Doughty Street members also left for Matrix at the end of last year.

Meanwhile Matrix barrister Zachary Douglas is a member of the counsel team instructed by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson for Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev after Fried Frank took the case from Stephenson Harwood .

The ex-senator once dubbed “the cashier to the Kremlin” was served with a UK court order in July, freezing $2bn of his assets in a case linked to the insolvency of Russian bank Mezhprombank.

Meanwhile in the Manchester employment tribunal several Slater & Gordon partners, including legacy Pannone managing partner Emma Holt, have been named as respondents in a two-week unfair dismissal hearing that due to begin this month.

It’s all go in the litigation world.

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