Ex-Mishcon chief sued by ex-client

Former Mishcon de Reya managing partner Anthony Julius has been accused of breaching Law Society rules as part of a multi-million pound dispute between two brothers.

This is the latest revelation in a series of cases, revealed by The Lawyer (31 October), involving Julius and former client Amir Weissfisch. It has also emerged that Julius dropped original adviser Clifford Chance in favour of Allen & Overy.

Julius has been accused by Weissfisch of misrepresentation in an arbitration agreement, of being in breach of fiduciary duty and of contravening the Solicitor’s Practice Rules, according to the claim form that has been filed in the UK High Court.

Weissfisch is also suing his own brother Rami, claiming he failed to adhere to an oral agreement that meant Rami would give up rights in their company MRG Group in return for $88m (£51m).

The claims are part of a number of cases in the UK and the Bahamas that pitch Weissfisch against his brother, Julius and Philip Davis, who is a Bahamas MP and a senior criminal barrister.

Weissfisch is suing Julius for delivery of seven years’ worth of documents generated when the lawyer was on retainer to Weissfisch.

Actions relating to the management of a trust linked to MRG Group are also taking place in the Bahamas.

Weil Gotshal & Manges is acting for Weissfisch, Lewis Silkin is advising Rami, and it is understood that Withers is representing Davis.

Julius declined to comment.