Former Herbert Smith partner to hear M&S injunction bid

Counsel for Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will today face a former Herbert Smith partner turned judge as Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) lawyers attempt to secure an injunction.

Lawrence Collins, who as a partner at Herbert Smith gained silk in 1997 and was appointed to the High Court in 2000, will preside over the hearing where Slaughters, as M&S’s legal advisor, is seeking an injunction to stop Freshfields acting for Philip Green on his expected bid for the retailer.

It is alleged that because Freshfields has acted for M&S in the past, there may be a conflict of interest.

A ruling on the application is expected today (2 June).