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.