Eversheds posted to Bloody Sunday Inquiry

A team of 32 lawyers from Eversheds’ litigation department are being sent to Northern Ireland for two months to interview witnesses to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

The firm won a tender put out by the Lord Chancellor’s Department in July and last week placed 20 lawyers in offices in Derry’s Guild Hall where the Lord Saville-chaired inquiry is being held.

A further 12 will follow before the end of the month.

Lead partner Peter Scott said the firm had won the tender partly because it had been able to provide 30 or so lawyers at very short notice to work on the assignment for two months. These include three other partners: Gary Pellow, Charles Holloway and Andrew Wallis, as well as a range of senior assistants.

Jones said the firm was “very committed to the job” and that it was “a very important job and very interesting”.

Eversheds refused to comment on how much it was being paid for the job, expected to end in mid-November.

The LCD also refused to comment on other firms tendering for the job, describing it as “commercial information”. Clifford Chance which advised the Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble on the Good Friday agreement was not invited to tender for the contract.