Debevoise sues lawyer for confidence breach

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has launched a legal claim against solicitor Joan Leopold in relation to work she undertook for the firm in 2007.

Debevoise alleges that Leopold ;breached ;a ­confidentiality agreement concerning ;work ;she ­handled for the firm over a three-month period. Leopold, who works from offices in Hendon, North London, was engaged by the firm on a temporary basis to carry out work relating to a confidential investigation.

According to the claim, Leopold took and kept documents relating to the work, despite signing a confidentiality agreement prior to taking on the instruction.
Debevoise is seeking an injunction to stop Leopold revealing the information and also wants a judge to order that she delete all computer files relating to the work.

Leopold qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and works as a California attorney, mediator and academic.

She has also acted as a ­temporary judge and ­specialises in disputes involving ­students and ­universities, faculty cases, governance, ­discrimination, disability matters and ­publishing issues.

Debevoise ;is ;being ­represented by London firm Byrne & Partners. Leopold and Debevoise both declined to comment.

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